CHITRAL: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif says all resources will be utilised for relief and rehabilitation of rain and flood-affected population of Chitral.

Addressing the affected people at Koragh area of Chitral today, he said the government will ensure reconstruction of roads, bridges and other infrastructure.

He said the Lowari Tunnel project will be completed by the end of next year. For this purpose, three billion rupees have been allocated in the current budget.

The Prime Minister said it is his earnest desire that this area comes at par with other areas and more job opportunities are available to the local people.

He said reasonable financial assistance would be provided to the people whose houses have been destroyed in the flash floods and torrential rains.

The prime minister also announced that since Chitral has been declared as calamity-hit by the provincial government therefore Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) loans stood waived off.

He took an aerial view of the flood-affected areas. This is the first visit of any premier to the area in 16 years. He was received by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattaf on arrival.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was greeted by a large sloganeering crown on his arrival at Chitral's Kuragh area. He announced that the Lowari tunnel will be completed before December, 2016 and said that Rs 3 billion have been allocated for the project this year. More required funds will be allocated on need basis, he added.

Premier Sharif also directed for opening of more branches of utility stores to ensure continuous supply of food items to people of Chitral.

PM Nawaz, who is accompanied by KP Governor Sardar Mahtab Ahmed Khan and Information Minister Pervez Rashid, was briefed about the flood situation, and rescue and relief operations in the flood affected areas.

The prime minister had earlier instructed the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to reinforce relief and rescue efforts which are underway in various parts of the country.

The premier could not undertake a planned visit to the region on Tuesday due to poor weather in Lahore.