The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) will build eight satellite rescue 1122 stations along Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s major highways (KP). The KP Reconstruction Program is being carried out in collaboration with USAID and the Provincial Government.
The PDMA will form rescue stations on the Bannu-Kohat Road, the Peshawar-Islamabad Highway, and the Swat Highway. According to PDMA Director General Sharif Hussain, the department will also allocate a mini ambulance service, and the stations will be powered by solar energy.
He stated that the rescue station project will cost Rs. 18.5 million. Hussain added that the stations will be completed by December 2022.
Standing Committee’s Grievance with NHA
During a recent session, the standing committee on communications expressed its dissatisfaction with the performance of the National Highway Authority (NHA).
During the session, NHA briefed Senator Prince Omar Ahmadzai on the devastation caused by recent floods to the road infrastructure. The participants chastised NHA for failing to carry out its responsibilities properly.
Senator Saifullah Abro decried the increase in tolls on highways from Rs. 160 to more than Rs. 1,000. He added that the hike has made it difficult for people to use highways.
Senator Kamil Ali Agha stated that the department should prioritize road restoration with toll tax funds. He went on to say that the M2 has deteriorated to the point where it is dangerous to travel on it.
During the same session, the decision to reinstate the exemption from toll taxes for MNAs was made, which did not go down well with the public.
Angering citizens took to social media to complain that the government is dumping its weight on the public while benefiting from corruption and a lack of accountability. People want government employees to pay the same taxes as everyone else.