A plea to Min­is­ter CAD

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - FA­ROOQ G QURESHI

Sim­ply Dam road, Barakhau Islamabad was built by Islamabad Ad­min­is­tra­tion, more than thirty years ago to cater for transport re­quire­ments of lo­cal pop­u­la­tion and to make easy ac­cess of govt of­fi­cials to Sim­ply Dam and gov­ern­ment in­stal­la­tions there.

At that time, there was tiny lo­cal pop­u­la­tion of villages on both sides of the road, which has now in­creased in tens of thou­sands af­ter emerg­ing new hous­ing schemes, towns etc. to the ex­tent that the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of Pak­istan had to cre­ate a new con­stituency NA-49 for true and ef­fec­tive rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the peo­ple of the area in Na­tional Assem­bly.

The Sim­ply Dam road is sole link to Barakahu and the Fed­eral cap­i­tal for thou­sands of dwellers of the villages, towns and pre­mier colonies like PTV colony, Sha­heen Farms, Green Val­ley etc. that fall on the both sides of the road from Barakahu, Phul­gram, Athaal, Pend-Beg­wal, Mara-Beg­wal, Malote and be­yond. Now the road is busiest one and some­times looks like Mur­ree-Muz­za­farabad road ow­ing to traf­fic rush and jam.

The road looks like ru­ins of an­cient times of Mughal era or be­yond. Mis­er­able road con­di­tion is a cause of has­sles not only for gen­eral pub­lic, but also for thou­sands of Fed­eral gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees and stu­dents, who use that road to at­tend to their of­fices and col­leges. Iron­i­cally, Sim­ply Dam road is deprived of Islamabad ad­min­is­tra­tion’s at­ten­tion for last three years de­spite the fact that the Fed­eral Min­is­ter CADD, Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, who is very prag­matic in power cor­ri­dors, rep­re­sents the peo­ple of the area and PMLN nearly swept in re­cent lo­cal bod­ies elections. The Min­is­ter CADD, Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, Mayor Fed­eral Area and other rel­e­vant author­i­ties need to pay at­ten­tion on re­pairs of Sim­ply Dam road to save the lo­cal pop­u­la­tion from traf­fic hard­ships. —Barakahu, Islamabad

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