Rehabilitation of a Link Road Makes Life Easier for Villagers


UNDP with financial support from the Saudi Fund for Development helped with construction of a link road in union council Bara Bandia, district Swat. Photo: UNDP Pakistan

“I had to carry fire word and dry straw on my shoulders that was extremely difficult to manage. I use my wheel barrow now. Rebuilding of this road has not only provided me relief but also saved my time. Now I give more time to my studies,” said Rahmat Ali, a student of grade five.

Damghar link road in union council Bara Bandia, district Swat connects two major villages namely Imam Dheri and Ghorijo, with a population of 4,913 and 4,494 households, respectively. The communities of both villages faced problems in visiting each other and accessing the basic facilities due to the damaged road.

Highlights

  • 207 schemes were rehabilitated including 123 streets, 51 culverts, 19 drainage channels, 2 link roads & 12 small bridges.
  • 178,355 persons benefited from the project.
  • 621 individuals took part in project oversight committees & participated in capacity building sessions on effective monitoring & supervision.

UNDP identified this village for its ‘Community Infrastructure Restoration and Rehabilitation’ porject with financial support from the Saudi Fund for Development, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Through this project, UNDP in coordination with the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is rehabilitating 585 damaged community infrastructures schemes, including link roads, drainage channels, culverts, bridges and streets in six tehsils of Swat.

After assessing the condition and importance of this link road, detailed plans were developed for the rehabilitation of this link road to improve the lives of people by improving their access to other towns.

Khalid Khan and Momand Khan, inhabitants of these villages, shared their happiness over the construction of the link road, “We are grateful to UNDP and Saudi Government for rebuilding this road. Before this, it was difficult for us to cross the villages especially during rains. Often we had to cancel our visits to other areas. Even in clear weather, driving on this road was taxing and stressful. However, now we benefit from the improved access to both villages as well as other towns.”

Farmers of both the villages were also able to access the nearby markets. The farming community of the area, while expressing their experiences, said, “it was difficult for us to transport our machinery and other agriculture inputs to fields due to bad road conditions. Timely transportation of products to markets was also very difficult. Now, timely transportation of products to markets has also increased our income.” 

With the construction of the road, the property prices of the area have also gone up which has boosted the economic conditions of the area.