Chitral: Syed Zaheerul Islam, the Malakand division commissioner, has located land for the University of Chitral’s main campus. According to a reliable source, the federal government approved Rs2 billion for the construction of the varsity building in 2018, however the provincial government failed to fulfil its responsibility of giving land.
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He stated that the Planning Commission had given the provincial government one last chance to either deliver land or transfer the funds to the federal government, as the funds could not be utilised for any other purpose in the province.
He claimed the primary impediment to purchasing 400 kanals of land, which would cost Rs1.8 billion, was a lack of cash, as the province government’s budget for the purpose for the current fiscal year was only Rs. 50 million.
According to the source, the Malakand division commissioner organised a special committee meeting, which included elected representatives and selected a site along the Garam Chashma Road near Chitral city.
He went on to say that the meeting resolved to hand over the current university building to the technical education department, which had built it in 2009 for the purpose of establishing a polytechnic institute.
However, the then-Awami National Party administration established the Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan Chitral campus there.
Lower Chitral deputy commissioner Hassan Abid said that Seen Lusht had been chosen as the location for the university campus and that the Rs50 million budgeted for the project will be used to acquire land.