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Chitral development vision

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A Blended Finance suggested initiative for Chitral area development.

  • The idea to restore land washed away by furious river chitral is a great idea . The partial work is always on with maintaining Barriers 'Lambour' for which funds are allocated esp in Town areas like chitral/drosh . Till the time such areas are restored Awareness must be made among local and municipal reps. Further instead of cultivable land to be used for build up, these may be planned on hill tops/slopes as feasible to avoid losing cultivable land.
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  • River training and management is a great idea and need of the hour to look into in the context of Chitral where cultivable land resources are alarmingly depleting due to few major factors including heriditory fragmentation/distribution among families, converting of cultivable land into built up area and loss of soil/land mass because of continued river erosion. The author has identified and mapped using google imagery 20 important and visible riverian soils/riverbeds spread over an area of 100 km in Chitral district which are most vulnerable to inundation and river erosion. Conserving and protecting of such a big land mass against continued river erosion will definitely create positive environmental and economic impact on rurallivelihoods of the mountain communities in the district, as mentioned in the presentation.

    Although, this is not easy job given the physiognomic conditions and high mountain terrain environment in the district, which generate million cubic feet sediments into river Kabul. So training of River Chitral and its management is quite daunting and challanging job. However, in the modern era of technology nothing is impossible if there is strong political will. The author has identified all relevant stakeholdrs including the custodian communities, civil society organizations and regulatory authorities, if there is mutual consensus and unity among all the mentioned stakeholders this idea can easily be translated into ground reality and hundreds of km of waste lands can be protected, reclaimed and developed into productive agriculture lands within couple of years.

    I agree fully with the author’s strategy to move ahead with this idea by taking all mentioned stakeholders onboard. However, one sensitivity is associated with these riverbeds/showtars, as customaryly and tradionally almost all riverbeds/Showtars are full of ownership and in some cases usufructs rights, which needs to be clearly assessed on individual riverbed/Showtar case by case. Then all relevant rightholders/owners are to be taken onboard to avoid any unnecessary hurdles in smooth implementation of the strategy for reclamation and rehabilitation of Shotars.

    As we all know this is a matter of national interest of Chitral and should be taken up by District Government of Chitral. Now local body elections are on the card and soon we will have Zilla Council in place with elected representaives from each Union Council of Chitral. The Zilla Council is the right forum to move this idea as a resolution for debate and develop consensus and getting approval on Chitral Riverbeds Reclamation and Management as District Government Strategy for implementation for the coming 5 years.

    Local government ordinance 2001 under section 18, 39 and 140 has a provision under which District Government is required to develop a Vision for Integrated Development of the district. Once the District Government approve and adopt this strategy as development vision then it would be helpful for district and provincial level legislation and implementation of the vision through the proposed Trustee - Chitral River Management Company (CRMC) as suggested by the author.

    Once consensus over this idea is developed and realized by the District Government, i would suggest to take one riverbed say Balach Riverbed as pilot and model site for reclamation and rehabilitation. Balach Riverbed is most important among the other mentioned Showtars, as it creates continuous threats to two most vital infrastructures – Chitral airport and Mastuj road besides loses of private properties. Once this Balach riverbed reclamation is successfully demonstrated then it become easy to convince provincial, national government and of course donor agencies for generating much needed fund for such mega projects.

    At the end i appreciate the author for his great idea and thought for reclamation and rehabilitation of large chunks of waste land /Showtars in the district for the benefits of the poor people of Chitral.
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Chitral development vision

  1. 1. Chitral Area Development – Vision2020A vision to achieve dignified, sustainable and inclusive development for the people of the Chitral valley Single focus- Managing the River Chitral http://tariqullahkhan.me
  2. 2. Strategic management of Chitral district governance **The Vision2020** “Transforming the River Chitral into the most valuable asset of the Chitrali people”
  3. 3. RIVER MANAGEMENT – THE SINGLE MOST IMPACTFUL POLICY TARGET FOR DISTRICT CHITRAL http://tariqullahkhan.me In context of sustainable development of Chitral, I urge the government to focus on one single agenda: The reclamation of land from the river and revival of the wasted river beds (showtars) into cultivable land. This can be done through a "5-year master-plan for control of river and revival and rehabilitation of Showtars". There are about 20 Showtars in Chitral that can double the cultivable land in the valley if revived and rehabilitated.
  4. 4. A Google Earth view of the dimensions of ferocity and destruction
  5. 5. 2 kilometers destruction zone at Balach
  6. 6. 4 kilometers’ destruction zone from Chitral before reaching Ayone
  7. 7. 6 kilometers’ destruction zone Ayone/Gahirait
  8. 8. 4 kilometers destruction zone at Jutilasht/Drosh
  9. 9. 4 kilometers’ destruction zone at Bumbagh
  10. 10. 6 kilometers destruction zone at Junakoch
  11. 11. 3 kilometers destruction zone at Buni/Awi
  12. 12. 3 kilometers destruction zone at Gasoti/Moreder
  13. 13. 6 kilometers destruction zone Torkov 1
  14. 14. 6 kilometers destruction zone Torkov 2
  15. 15. 6 kilometers destruction zone Torkov 3
  16. 16. 2 kilometers destruction zone Torkov 4
  17. 17. 6 kilometers destruction zone Sarghuz and Mastuj
  18. 18. 14 kilometers destruction zone Choinj, Chapali and Kargeen
  19. 19. 6 kilometers destruction zone Kuz, Niwaishiru and Brep
  20. 20. 9 kilometers destruction zone Yarkhoun valley 1
  21. 21. 4 kilometers destruction zone Yarkhoun valley 2
  22. 22. 4 kilometers destruction zone Yarkhoun valley 3
  23. 23. 4 kilometers destruction zone Yarkhoun valley 4
  24. 24. Slope of the Laspur Valley
  25. 25. Benefits of Managing the River Chitral
  26. 26. Benefits of Managing River Chitral 1 Recover land & double the size cultivable land in the Chitral valley
  27. 27. Benefits of Managing River Chitral 2 Protect life, land and property
  28. 28. Benefits of Managing River Chitral 3 Enhance production of crops, fruits, vegetables and dairy
  29. 29. Benefits of Managing River Chitral 4 Generate electricity
  30. 30. Benefits of Managing River Chitral 5 Promote tourism
  31. 31. Benefits of Managing River Chitral 6 Enhance positive impact on environment
  32. 32. Benefits of Managing River Chitral 7 Set an example for strategic management of district governance & indigenous resource development
  33. 33. How to control and manage the Chitral River?
  34. 34. How to control and manage the Chitral River? Step 1 Look at the size of destruction in different zones as set in the Google-eye-view slides Study, appreciate, and recognize this as a high impact initiative with tremendous positive implications for achieving sustainable, and inclusive development in the Chitral valley
  35. 35. How to control and manage the Chitral River? Step 2 Negotiate with local communities, and community organizations to understand the potential benefits and create consensus and social contracts
  36. 36. How to control and manage the Chitral River? Step 3 In collaboration with local communities, prepare a 5 year Master Plan
  37. 37. How to control and manage the Chitral River? Step 4 Negotiate with provincial and federal governments and donors to focus on the implementation of the initiative
  38. 38. How to control and manage the Chitral River? Step 5 Phase-out implementation of the Master Plan
  39. 39. How to control and manage the Chitral River? Step 6 Implement and follow-up
  40. 40. Key elements of the funding structure of Chitral river management
  41. 41. Funding structure River Chitral management 1 Need a partnership of local community, investors, government and donors
  42. 42. Funding structure River Chitral management 2 Chitral River Management Company (CRMC) as a trustee
  43. 43. Funding structure River Chitral management 3 KPK Provincial Assembly to Legislate and transfer titles of affected land to the trustee – the CRMC
  44. 44. Funding structure River Chitral management 4 CRMC to categorize land Category 1 Top priority people who have lost land to the river Category 2 People who have historical ownership claim on the land but have not lost any cultivable land or property Category 3 Commercial investors
  45. 45. Funding structure River Chitral management 5 The CRMC as trustee to issue transferable Land Ownership Bonds (LOBs) in three categories Category 1 Top priority people who have lost land to the river (20% of the commercial price) Category 2 People who have historical ownership claim on the land but have not lost any cultivable land or property (50% of the commercial price Category 3 Commercial investors
  46. 46. Funding structure River Chitral management 6 The KPK government to facilitate through the banking system for financing facilities for all the three categories of the LoB buyers
  47. 47. Funding structure River Chitral management 7 Donors, the PKP and Federal governments to compensate for the Category – 1, 80% price and Category – 2, 50% buyers as compared to the commercial price
  48. 48. We pledge to join hands in transforming the ferocious Chitral river from an enemy to the most valuable asset of the Chitrali people
  49. 49. We believe in harnessing the power of our resources Own and share Contact me About.me/tariqullahkhan

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