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Risky river crossings

Irfan Iftekhar

Located in the Abbottabad District of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, the Haro river can only be crossed using the makeshift cable cars. These cars run on rusting iron cables, which were purchased from a scrap dealer and installed without inspection by qualified engineers.

The cable cars are used as a regular means of transport by those attempting to travel from one village to another. One has to pay Rs. 10 to cross Haro River by any of the seven such locally made cable cars.

The locals see the cable cars as a convenience and are blissfully unaware of the dangers of using it. On the other hand, the owners are only concerned with the Rs. 1 income per passenger, and the operators only know how to push the start and stop switches.

Local police personnel are unconcerned and have taken no action yet.

One local resident, a daily passenger on the cable cars said, “We are afraid of the risks, but then being Muslims we believe we cannot die before our appointed time, can we?”

It is extremely hazardous and unsafe to cross the river using these dilapidated, rusty structures. Local authorities need to take urgent action to replace these cable cars with newer and sturdier models, before they snap and cause casualties.


posted by S A J Shirazi @ 1:35 PM,


At December 25, 2010 at 10:46 PM, Blogger jalalHB said...

Yes, I have seen these crossings - hair raising.
Btw, I like your new moods


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