Chitral awaits key bridge three years after devastation of Mulkhow valley

02:57 PM | 8 Sep, 2018
Chitral awaits key bridge three years after devastation of Mulkhow valley
CHITRAL - A key bridge at Muxgol in the Mulkhow valley of upper Chitral has still not been completed, despite a lapse of three years since the flash floods washed it away in 2015.

Locals, who used the bridge to connect with other parts in the area, complain that then Minister for Sports, Mahmood Khan, who now serves as the chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa laid the foundation stone on the construction of an RCC (Reinforced Concrete) bridge over the Chitral river at the site in 2017, however, the slow pace leaves the locals hopeless about early completion of the bridge.

The bridge was initially constructed so that trucks can also pass to and fro from one place, however, soon it was dedicated for jeeps only, affecting the traders in the area.

When the locals complained the provincial Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government, a fund worth Rs 60 million was allocated for the construction of a cement bridge, so that heavy traffic can pass, however, only a minimal workforce has been deployed.

A retired Sobaydar, Irfan Wali, claimed that a protective wall has also been erected alongside the bridge at a cost of Rs 6 million, however, he would have built the same arrangement in merely Rs 0.3 million.

'The development work on the bridge is at a snail's pace and it appears that the bridge would not be constructed even in a year,' complained the local.

Counsellor, Abdul Wali Khan, expressed that the bridge made out of wood was dangerous.

'We unload our luggage from jeeps and then carry it on our shoulders,' decried the official.

Scores of citizens believe that the tender was granted for the construction of the protective wall to an influential individual in the area as it should have been erected on a place to save the road and bridge from the water.

They called on the incumbent Chief Minister, Mehmood Khan to direct Construction & Works department to speed up the construction of the bridge and investigate the resources utilized for the construction of the wall.

'If any discrepancy is tracked in the construction, the perpetrators should be brought to justice in line with PTI's policy of transparency,' the citizens say.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 4 Dec  2023

Pakistani rupee's value remained stable against US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal and other currencies in the open market.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Monday, the US dollar was being quoted at 285.15 for buying and 287.95 for selling.

Euro rate stands at 309.9 for buying and 310.5 for selling. British Pound GBP rate stands at 359.4 for buying, and 360.05 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED currently hovers around 77.45 while rate of Saudi Riyal stands at 75.82.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan – 4 December 2023

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 285.15  287.95 
Euro EUR 309.9  310.5 
UK Pound Sterling GBP 359.4  360.05 
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.45 77.6
Saudi Riyal SAR 75.82 75.97
Australian Dollar AUD 187.72 188.22
Bahrain Dinar BHD 759.94 767.94
Canadian Dollar CAD 209.99 210.49
China Yuan CNY 39.78 39.88
Danish Krone DKK 41.95 42.05
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.38 36.48
Indian Rupee INR 3.39 3.5
Japanese Yen JPY 1.49 1.56
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 926.39 935.39
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 60.38 60.98
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.44 175.44
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.25 26.55
Omani Riyal OMR 742.16 750.18
Qatari Riyal QAR 78.5 79.2
Singapore Dollar SGD 212.45 212.95
Swedish Korona SEK 27.09 27.19
Swiss Franc CHF 325.38 325.88
Thai Bhat THB 8.05 8.09

Gold prices in Pakistan move down despite positive global cues

The gold remained under pressure as the precious metal moved down despite an upward trend in the international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 4 December 2023

On the first day of the week, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs217,000 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs186,043 

A single tola of 22-karat gold costs Rs170,539, while 21 karat rate for each tola is Rs. 192,325 and the price of 18k gold is Rs164,850.

In the global market, gold prices hover at around $2086, gaining $14.44 on Monday.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Karachi PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Islamabad PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Peshawar PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Quetta PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Sialkot PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Attock PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Gujranwala PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Jehlum PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Multan PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Bahawalpur PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Gujrat PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Nawabshah PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Chakwal PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Hyderabad PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Nowshehra PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Sargodha PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Faisalabad PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Mirpur PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720


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