‘Bumburate camping pod site vulnerable to floods’

Published January 11, 2020
the camping pod site, which had been hit by flood in 2015. — Dawn
the camping pod site, which had been hit by flood in 2015. — Dawn

CHITRAL: The residents and tourists have expressed concern about the Bumburate valley site selected for putting up camping pods, claiming the place is highly vulnerable to floods.

They said the debris of the 2015 floods lying around that site proved corroborated their fears for a human tragedy.

The Tourism Corporation Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had acquired land in Sarujal village of Bumburate valley for establishing a camping pod village as part of its initiative to promote tourism. It partially paid rent to landowners for the purpose.

The strip situated on the left bank of the stream is a high-risk area contiguous to the waterway passing through the centre of the valley. It had narrowly escaped destruction by the 2015 floods, which was diverted to the other side towards the village.

The villagers said the valley hadn’t witnessed floods in the last four years but the risk hovered there.

They feared that the piece of land would be washed away even by a small flood as the debris and boulders in the upstream would divert towards it.

Tour operator Jamali Khan said the camping podsite would remain unoccupied during the season as the tourists won’t endanger their life.

He said the idea of promoting camping pod site was a commendable gesture on part of the TCKP but the selection of risky place had marred it.

The tour operator said the authorities would have a realisation about their fears in April when the spring festival of Chilim Jusht was to take place.

He said there were many spacious and reserved places in the upstream of the valley free from the risk of being hit by floods.

Mr Jamali said the major portion of the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation hotel in Bumburate was washed away by floods in 2015, while the tourists staying there narrowly escaped disaster.

The residents also insisted that the camping place threatened the health of the people living in the downstream and Ayun village as a septic tank had been put up close to the stream, the only source of both irrigation and drinking water.

They feared that the sewage discharged by latrines and falling into the septic tank could mix with the stream water and thus, contaminating that water.

When contacted, deputy commissioner of Lower Chitral Naveed Ahmad said the valley’s resident had complained about the camping pod site, so he was looking into the matter.

He said he would share his report with high-ups for immediate action.

Mr Ahmad said the lives of tourists couldn’t be endangered as it would affect tourism in the area.

Published in Dawn, January 11th, 2020

Opinion

Editorial

ICJ rebuke
Updated 26 May, 2024

ICJ rebuke

The reason for Israel’s criminal behaviour is that it is protected by its powerful Western friends.
Hot spells
26 May, 2024

Hot spells

WITH Pakistan already dealing with a heatwave that has affected 26 districts since May 21, word from the climate...
Defiant stance
26 May, 2024

Defiant stance

AT a time when the country is in talks with the IMF for a medium-term loan crucial to bolstering the fragile ...
More pledges
Updated 25 May, 2024

More pledges

There needs to be continuity in economic policies, while development must be focused on bringing prosperity to the masses.
Pemra overreach
25 May, 2024

Pemra overreach

IT seems, at best, a misguided measure and, at worst, an attempt to abuse regulatory power to silence the media. A...
Enduring threat
25 May, 2024

Enduring threat

THE death this week of journalist Nasrullah Gadani, who succumbed to injuries after being attacked by gunmen, is yet...