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    Default Project Reconnect Swat- IJC's Flood Relief Initiative

    The Islamabad Jeep Club with the help of all its partners decided to go into the reconstruction of bridges in the Swat valley. For this, a lot of research was done and a bridge was identified in the Kalam union council region in the Anakar Valley. Following is the report on the first trip to the location. This thread will document our efforts in this region.
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    Location: Anakar, Kalam

    Trip 1 – 22nd September – 24th September 2010

    Participants:

    Dr. Ehsan Masud Kiani
    Waqas Khanzada
    Siddique
    Aim:

    To survey the proposed bridge project in Anakar and if possible start work on the site.

    Achievements:

    Motivation of the local community
    Start of work at the project site
    Thorough survey of the village beyond the bridge
    Verbal commitment from the Pakistan Army for supply of G-wire for the project free of cost
    A team from the Islamabad Jeep Club, comprising, Dr. Ehsan Kiani, Waqas Khanzada and Siddique visited Kalam Swat on the 22nd of September. The journey beyond Khawazakhela was on a US Marines Chinook helicopter. In Kalam, the team was joined by Mr. Gulzada who was Ex Nazi of Kalam Union Council. Without wasting time, the proposed site of the bridge in Anakar Valley was visited on the first day. A basic survey of the site was performed initially. The night was spent in the Greens Hotel which is under the Pakistan Army currently.

    The team started the next day at 5 am and after a brief stay at the bridge site for discussions, they made there way up the valley to the Anakar Village. The local elders were gathered and the meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran. Mr. Gulzada then made a speech regarding the purpose of the visit and told the locals about the planned bridge. After that Dr. Ehsan and Waqas addressed the gathering. The locals were motivated to help themselves and together build this bridge. They were told that it was they themselves who would be building it and this project would symbolize what we can accomplish when we work together.

    The elders then discussed the proposition in a Jirga. They decided that they would build the bridge themselves with any help that the IJC can provide them. Work would be started the same day so they asked the IJC team to have a round of the whole village while they gathered the tools.

    Team IJC then surveyed the damage in the whole area and did a need assessment for the bridge. Soon about 50 people were making their way towards the bridge site with whatever tools they had. At the site, a short prayer was done and work was inaugurated. It was an emotional scene. The villagers jumped into the river to start working. Within the next 2 hours, significant work had been done on both sides of the river.

    The team left for Islamabad the next day being replaced by team two comprising of Asad Ullah Marwat, Ishtiaq sahab and Jumma Khan. It was decided that more sites would be surveyed in the coming days.

    Team 1 would like to thank the 9th Division of the Pakistan Army for the logistic support as well as assurance of supply of the much needed G-wire for the construction free of cost. Gen. Obaid who was the bridge between IJC and the Army. Mr. Gulzada who actively participated in the management of the project and in local motivation. Mr. Saqib(4x4Engaged) for coming up with the idea.

    Asad Marwat's Write Up

    Team 2 report

    IJC carried out two visits to Kalam in last 10 days. The intention is to assess the situation on the ground and see what best possible help can be extended to it.

    Doc Ehsan and Waqas took the first trip which resulted in initiation of construction of a bridge at Anakar Village. They also did the spade work for our subsequent visits.

    Myself with Ishtiaq and Juma Khan visited Kalam this passed weekend. Our visit expanded the SOW and resultantly we have been Alhamdollilah succesful in initiating another vehicular bridge at Ghayayl village (60 feet length) and 3 more padestrian bridges each 65 feet) in Ushu and Kalam area. These bridges will be off logs with support from the rock, G.Wire and cement for reinforcement.

    Two more vehicular bridges are under consideration and the feasibilty whereof is under study. One would be refurbishing the present one at Ushu and the other is outside Kalam towards Bahrain.

    Additionally IJC and its partners have taken up power generation plants for these villages. Few of the villages power plants have been washed out in the floods hence we have done our homework on how that could be restored. As a pilot project, we would go for one of the village which is housing 100 houses. The turbine will develop 26 kva of electricity which will be free from 30 years. The turbines will be maintenance free.

    A total of 3 power generation plants are in the plan and the project conclusion is expected around mid of November with the first to go alive inshallah by October 8, 2010.

    Special thanks to Mr. Shah wazir khan Tehsildar Kalam, Gulzada and Ameer Said Nazims of the area for their continuous support and availability.

    Write Up by Dr Nadeem Naeem

    Desert Devil and I, went to Kalam over the weekend for ongoing flood relief work in the region by IJC and its friends. Kalam has been affected yet again by rising river water level and flood like situation due to long intense heat spell causing ice melting leading to extremely fast n furious water flow causing more destruction! The bridge for vehicular crossing across Kalam river was destroyed a couple of weeks ago by the floods, all stuff is now transferred across the foot bridge by people and than transported further by vehicles stranded on the other side.

    We managed to take along a electricity generating water turbine and two spindles and cart wheel for the generator along with 25 quilts in NPP. As usual the road condition between Swat and Kalam are treacherous. Total distance from Islamabad to Kalam was 350km (approx 95km between Swat and Kalam). Took us over 10 hours each way.

    Kalam was as beautiful as ever and the weather was perfect. This gorgeous place and its people still needs all the help we can give. May Allah give us all the courage to keep helping others to the best of our ability.

    In the interest of time, I will try to simply post all pics as it is, so here we go……………


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    Quote Originally Posted by nn View Post
    Project Reconnect Swat- IJC's Flood Relief Initiative - 246250 Project Reconnect Swat- IJC's Flood Relief Initiative - 246251 Project Reconnect Swat- IJC's Flood Relief Initiative - 246252 Project Reconnect Swat- IJC's Flood Relief Initiative - 246253 Project Reconnect Swat- IJC's Flood Relief Initiative - 246254
    SubhaanAllah! Kyaa soch hai....kya innovation!
    Many Thanks @nn!
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    @ All, thankyou for all the wishes.

    @ Suhaib, this suspension setup intrigued both of us, saw it in several Hiluxs. Couldn't workout what was the exact logic / science for using heay duty (4+7) leaf springs and a very thin coil spring. Did ask the driver and all he said was that it reduces strain on the shocks........HOW? Any insight? Views? Also saw quite a few heavily loaded TLC 40 series used for carrying heavy wood logs, with special frames made at rear and front, like one of the pics you posted from Gilgit or somewhere during last year summer camp I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nn View Post
    @ All, thankyou for all the wishes.

    @ Suhaib, this suspension setup intrigued both of us, saw it in several Hiluxs. Couldn't workout what was the exact logic / science for using heay duty (4+7) leaf springs and a very thin coil spring. Did ask the driver and all he said was that it reduces strain on the shocks........HOW? Any insight? Views? Also saw quite a few heavily loaded TLC 40 series used for carrying heavy wood logs, with special frames made at rear and front, like one of the pics you posted from Gilgit or somewhere during last year summer camp I think.

    @nn: its a logical setup I think. The heavy leaf pack is there to essentially carry the load where it can easily carry more than even very stiff coils. The added coils would come in essentially when the leaf pack bottoms out. On very rough stretches and especially where you have to make a run up bumpy inclines, the coils would act like air bumps on a rally car, preventing/softening the frame hitting the hard rubber-bumps and/or the shocks from possibly bottoming out....

    And yes, if one is smart enough to get the spring rates right, you could possibly create a kickass cocktail rally suspension based on this setup
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    Hats off Guys.. DesertDevil, NN.. Great going.. The pictures are lovely.. Great kick off to the season my friends. May Allah give you and all the rest of us al the courage, time, devotion and foresight to go ahead and do what we should be doing for these people. Hats of again sirs.. Hats off.. Speachless..
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    Thumbs up Great Job DesertDevil, NN



    Reminds me of our trip to Kalam
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    @ Janj, thnx!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janj View Post


    Reminds me of our trip to Kalam

    good one Janj....we would need to make another trip like this soon bro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by desertdevil View Post
    good one Janj....we would need to make another trip like this soon bro.
    @Janj: Challo challo, Kalam challo! IJC and 4x4 Engaged joint summer camp is in order!
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    gr8 job guys
    thumbs up for u ppl
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    Thumbs up Pakistani Power - Mukhtiar Engineering Mardan

    Quote Originally Posted by nn View Post
    Project Reconnect Swat- IJC's Flood Relief Initiative - 246049 Project Reconnect Swat- IJC's Flood Relief Initiative - 246050
    @nn: Thanks for these pics of the yard at Muktiar Engineering who made the mini hydro plants for IJC. Its pertinent to note that the complete plants (seen here in blue yellow and red) are manufactured in Pakistan, and the only imported components are the alternator (chinese).

    These guys have manufactured countless units which are deployed all over the Northern Areas. They have a really nice website as well .:: MUKHTIAR ENGINEERING WORKS ::. and I found Mukhtiar Sb. to be a really nice guy. I also have some pics of some of their bigger plants (the IJC ones are the smaller ones) which I will try to dig out and post!
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    no doubt SK, Mukhtiar Engineering has played a key role in bringing electricty at a very nominal cost, to 100s and 1000s, to this otherwise a Nation grilled by electricty cost.

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    They r doing a remarkable job
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    Finally some vdo's of the May 2011 trip!


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    That's all the vdo's from the lot!


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    Aoa
    An independent survey of various sites in Kalam was undertaken a few weeks ago to assess current status of various development projects complete by IJC as part of Project Reconnect and the Flood Relief Initiative. Details have been uploaded onto the official site at Reports | ijc.com.pk/relief. It includes a brief summary about the site and issues there with a few pictures.
    Thank you
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    Aoa friends.
    Just an update. Continuing with IJC's Project Reconnect in Swat Valley, we made a trip to Kalam last week. A survey of most of our projects there was carried out and I brought back details (including GPS), pictures and raw VDO footage.
    I am in the process of compiling reports and the following VDO is the first in this respect. It covers the bridges that were built there by the locals with support from IJC and friends. Uut of the 4 bridges that we funded in Kalam, 3 are standing strong and serving the community MA. One was taken down by Pakistan Army to be replaced by a metal bridge. Please see the VDO below for more details.
    Thank you all
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