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- Thursday, June 07, 2012 - From Print Edition


Model village in CM’s constituency


Affectees await allotment for one year


From Our Correspondent


BHAKKAR: Houses in a model village cannot be allotted to flood affectees even after one year of its completion.


The village was constructed at Basti Kath, Darya Khan where about 80 flood-hit families comprising 8-10 persons each are living in tents, while the completed houses have been locked. The Punjab government had set up model villages for flood affectees across the province. Basti Kath was devastated by the flood in the Indus River and the affected families were shifted to tents. The Punjab government miserably failed in providing a relief to the flood affectees of PP-48, the constituency of the chief minister.


People told The News that substandard material was used in the construction and it was evident from the worn-out condition of the unused houses. They said that walls had broken, plaster had cracked, grills and merry-go-rounds had rusted due to negligence of the officials concerned. They added that the dispensary was littered with filth. They said that the village’s map approved by the chief minister was changed thrice.


They disclosed that local administration was trying to avoid the visit of the chief minister to conceal its corruption and misappropriation. They appealed to the chief minister to visit the model village and hand over the houses to the affectees.