CHITRAL: The Italian government appreciates a development initiative launched to develop marginalized groups and regions in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, an official of the Italian Development Cooperation Agency said at a meeting of local residents here on Friday.
“Our country is committed to working with the Pakistani government to build many similar projects in many sectors to help transform the lives of marginalized and marginalized groups,” said Italian Development Cooperation Agency Director Emmanuela Bennini while addressing people in Khairabad Drosh after inaugurating a jeepable. bridge over the Chitral river.
Syams Badruddin, Group Head of Infrastructure Development for the Poverty Alleviation Fund of Pakistan, Chief Executive Officer, Sarhad Rural Support Program (SRSP), Masoodul Mulk, Deputy Commissioner for Lower Chitral Hassan Abid and a number of community elders also attended the occasion.
The Rs18 million 200 ft jeepable bridge was built by SRSP under the financial support of the Italian government and the PPAF.
The communities have identified the bridge as an important obstacle to their development as they have to cover 10 kilometers to get to the main road. Approximately 450 households benefit from this scheme.
Community members said that the absence of a bridge created many problems in service provision in the valley and denied them economic opportunities.
SRSP officials said the bridge was part of a program funded by the Italian government in Bajaur, Dir and Upper and Lower Chitral. In addition to infrastructure development, his party provides assistance to improve government facilities in the fields of Health and Education and provides livelihood grants to communities through community-based programs.
Deputy commissioner Chitral praised the contributions made by the Italian government, PPAF and SRSP.
The community shared the difficulties they faced before the bridge was built to improve their standard of living.
They insisted that local communities should be closely involved in future programs to identify the poor because external consultants lost local understanding of poverty.
Later, Ms. Bennini visited the Drosh Rural Health Unit where the District Health Officer and hospital staff explained to her about the improvements made to the old puskesmas through improved water supply improvements in various units and provision of essential supplies and equipment, assistance in fighting Covid-19 and establishing nursery for children during childbirth.
Recently, Ms. Bennini met a women’s community group in Drosh who showed off their crafts and shared the benefits they received from women’s mobilization activities and business training.
The elders of Drosh laud the contributions made by the SRSP in Drosh tehsil, the construction of a 35 km long road in remote Arandu, the rehabilitation of government schools and the construction of roads and bridges for the Urtsun valley.