Deputy Commissioner Swat Shahid Mahmood chaired high level meeting at Saidu Sharif in this regard that took a number of decisions to facilitate tourists who would flock the scenic valley this Eid in wake of the ensuing summer season and dry weather. The meeting was attended by the regional and district high ups of all departments including DPO, all ACs, TMOs, Civil Defense Officer, XEN highways, PD NHA, Emergency Officer Rescue 1122, Regional Information Officer and representative of Pak Army. It was decided that TMA,Food and health officials would regularly check the quality and prices of food stuff at shops and hotels.
DPO Swat Capt. (R) Wahid Mehmood was tasked to take immediate steps for security, safety, comfortable stay and related facilitation of the tourists with active involvement of regular, traffic warden and tourist police, special branch and DSB wherein Civil Defense, Swat levies, rescue 1122 and TMAs of seven Tehsils will equally take part to make all the arrangements a success. Civil Defense has already provided 300 Razakars and Swat levies 250 Jawans to the district police for deployment in Eid days who were being properly trained for the purpose to facilitate the vehicular traffic and tourists on the highways right from Marghazar to Kalam and elsewhere in Swat. It was decided to cancel the weekly and Eid holidays of security, highways, TMAs, Food and health officials.
It was also decided that all roads either minor or major and highways would be cleared from every kind of hurdles for smooth passage of traffic and no parking or tax collection would be allowed on roadsides. Parking stands will be set up on vast open places that would be essentially staffed for the quick disposal of commuters while car lifter vehicles and cranes would be available stand by at suitable distances to immediately cope with any eventuality. Similarly Rescue 1122 and all health centers on roadsides would have special arrangements for the health cover whereas rescue teams including divers, doctors, and paramedical staff with sophisticated first aid equipment would be deployed on main points. Razakars on important river banks would properly guide the tourists to avoid any mishap while doing tourism activities. It was decided that light traffic mostly consisting of tourists would be diverted to newly constructed Shamozai road right from Chakdara and Thana to Kabal, Kanju, Matta and Behrain (Leftside of the Swat river) whereas the heavy traffic including trucks, containers and roadliners would be shifted to the Landaki to Barikot road alongside the right bank of Swat River.
Shahid Mehmood asked the NHA and PKHA authorities to temporarily halt construction work on GT road from Landaki to Qamber bypass with necessary repairs, filling of culverts and regular water sprinkling for smooth passage of vehicular traffic on it. He asked the TMAs to install guiding boards and pana-flexes on various junctions of highways and bridges for the information of tourists as well as depute special squads for garbage disposal and cleanliness at important points during Eid days. He said it would be failure of all of the departments and officials if there would surface any failure or inefficiency in respect of safety, hygiene, traffic control or other facilitation meant for the tourists. He also directed the TMAs to depute technical teams for inspection of the children play lands in the parks. Likewise no handcarts would be allowed on roadsides during Eid days because it might hamper traffic passage and tantamount to vehicular jams at important points. He however ordered arrests of those officials and individuals who refused to cooperate with the district administration in this regard.