GILGIT: The dilapidated roads in Gilgit city on Tuesday saw a rare renovation work ahead of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s schedule visit to this region.
The last repair and maintenance job of the roads in the capital city was done in 2012 when the then Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf visited the Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) region.
The works department workers started the job from Jutial area, filling the damaged portions with material carried in tractors.
In addition to that, cleansing of market was also started and speed bumbs painted to give Gilgit a facelift.
“I wish PM visited frequently to this area so our city and roads would be in a better condition,” said Tanvir Ahmed, a local journalist.
The residents termed the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit ‘a blessing in disguise’ as it was the only factor that invoked a sense of responsibly among the officials who disappointed people for years.
The government, which assumed charge a year ago, has so far failed to come up to expectations, though chief minister Hafeezur Rehman recently promised his government would bring a marked change during its tenure.
Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, who is also Chairman of Gilgit-Baltistan Council, will visit Gilgit on Thursday to administer oath to newly elected members of Gilgit-Baltistan Council. The PM will also oversee performance of his government that swept the polls held in June last year and formed the government.
The prime minister would also chair the budget session of the Gilgit-Baltistan Council and announce new policies for tourism, mining, minerals, forests and timber. He is also expected to visit to Hunza to oversee development projects.
Meanwhile, the regional PPP leaders said PM’s Gilgit visit was to launch his party’s election campaign for Saleem Khan, the son of G-B Governor, who is contesting by-elections to be held this month in G-BLA6 Hunza.
“PM’s will announce development packages which will be equal to pre-poll rigging,” said Provincial President PPP Amjad Hussain.