On Sunday, a suspension bridge was inaugurated in Khairabad village, district Chitral, to address the problem of rural isolation plaguing the community, especially during periods of heavy rainfall.
“Adverse conditions and reduced mobility deprived residents of critical socioeconomic opportunities. According to an official release, the bridge was built in collaboration with the Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) and the Sarhad Rural Support Program (SRSP) under the program for Poverty Reduction (PPR) by an Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) Pakistan.
Khairabad is made up of five sub-villages (Khaiabad Khas, ThokJal, Dhap, Junali, and Camp), with three more villages (Kol, Wardhap) Wardhap Payeen) connected to it. The development would directly benefit over 450 households in Khairabad, Kol, Camp, and Wardhap Payeen.
Village Khairabad in Union Council Drosh 1 has about 450 households, but the community’s link to main centres was severed following recent flash floods. The village’s accessibility has been enhanced thanks to the building of a “Jeep able Bridge.”
Emanuela Benini, Director AICS, Pakistan, was delighted that the infrastructure was named “Pak-Italy Friendship Bridge.” “The AICS aspires to lay the foundation for a strong development network in Pakistan, and this bridge is the first step in that direction,” she said.
According to Shams Badruddin, PPAF’s group head of infrastructure, such development projects will make it easier for the local population to access health and educational facilities in Chitral, resulting in improved socioeconomic conditions in the area.