MINGORA: Regardless of tall claims by the federal government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and the Swat district administration, the vacationers who thronged the hill stations of Kalam and Malam Jabba skilled a number of issues through the Eid days.
Many of the vacationers spent sleepless nights on the principle Bahrain- Kalam Street and Manglawar-Malam Jabba Street because of the worst site visitors jam, rush of individuals and dilapidated roads.
The vacationers complained of the steep rise in room rents at accommodations in Kalam and Bahrain.” The hoteliers in Kalam are charging Rs 10,000 to 20,000 per room. That is uncommon”, mentioned 45-year previous Abdul Rahman Sial, a vacationer from Rawalpindi. He mentioned many vacationers failed to seek out rooms in accommodations at Kalam and have been compelled to spend sleepless nights on the roads.
“In Ramazan, we made a plan to go to Swat throughout Eidul Fitr. It took us 11 hours to cowl the 35 kilometers lengthy street from Bahrain to Kalam. It was exhausting,” mentioned 25-year previous Shafiqa from Lahore. She added it was probably the most tiresome journey of her life.
District Police Officer Syed Ashfaq instructed this scribe that 1,700 policemen had been deployed in varied a part of Swat to facilitate vacationers.
He mentioned that through the first three days of Eid over 80,000 automobiles carrying greater than 400,000 vacationers entered Swat valley. “The locals of Swat valley ought to keep away from pointless actions on roads in order that we could present higher services to the vacationers,” he argued.
Some vacationers complained in regards to the poor site visitors administration and lack of services. “We have been 10 folks from a household in two vehicles, together with three females and 4 youngsters, going to the scenic valley of Kalam, and have been caught up within the site visitors jam on Bahrain-Kalam Street in Peshmal space. There was nobody from the administration to assist us,” mentioned Lahore’s 65-year previous Khalid Mahmood.
He mentioned that once they reached Kalam the hoteliers fleeced them. “A traditional two-bed room price us Rs 10,000. This was once supplied to us prior to now for Rs3,000,” he added.
A vacationer from Multan, Zafar Naqvi, instructed this scribe that whereas coming back from Kalam they left at 6 am and reached Bahrain at four pm after an extended and tiring drive as a result of site visitors jams. He mentioned the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) authorities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had didn’t construct roads and infrastructure in Swat.
The vacationers who flocked to a different spot, Malam Jabba, confronted nearly the identical scenario. Momina Babar Jadoon left Mingora metropolis at 11 am on the way in which to Malam Jabba and it took her 10 hours to cowl the gap. “We have been 4 ladies and I can’t clarify the ache that we confronted throughout this troublesome journey,” she recalled.
She complained that the Swat district authorities didn’t test the rents of the resort and the meals costs at eating places. “We have been charged Rs7,000 for a room in a mean resort,” she identified.