A view of poor condition of Shingara Darra road in Upper Dir. – Photo by Maaz Jan

UPPER DIR, 5 March: The people of about 20 villages residing along the main road in Shingara Darra in Upper Dir are facing many difficulties due to stoppage of construction work on the road.

The local people said the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government had approved the construction of the 14-kilometre road in 2015 with a cost of Rs50 million and Provincial Minister for Local Government Inayatullah had also laid foundation stone of the road in the same year. They said the contractor of the project has left the construction work due to stoppage of funds.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) deputy organiser for Barawal Sajid Ahmed told TNN that 12 accidents occurred recently on the road due to heavy rains and snowfall. He said work could not be resumed on the road despite several requests sent to the government.

“Work on the road was initiated by the previous government. Every time the contractor leaves the work midway and the local people suffer. This is a lovely area but it remains backward due to lack of roads. At least 100 accidents happened on the road during winter. The government should complete the work on priority basis,” he said.

A local resident, Khaista Rehman said pools of water could be seen on the road everywhere due to its poor condition. He said the residents face difficulties while walking on the road or shifting patients to hospital.

“The road often remains blocked due to scattered construction material. It has caused many accidents,” he said.

Tehsil Nazim Jehan Alam told TNN that he is aware of the problem and provincial minister Inayatullah Khan has assured him to resolve the issue.