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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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    Sirs, thousand salutes to all of you. I cannot imagine what it would feel like to complete such a noble deed, but I'm sure the smiles on the faces of the locals are immeasurable.

    Again, thousand salutes.

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    Aoa friends
    Mashallah we had a very successful trip this weekend. Following are the details on the various projects

    Bridges:

    Site 1 - Anakar
    A beautifully built 12 feet wide and about 60 foot long bridge that is connecting the village of Anakar (pop. approx.1000) to Kalam and the rest of the world. This is a truckable bridge which is capable of withstanding a fully loaded truck crossing it.

    Site 2 - Ghayal
    A smaller (approx 10 feet wide and about 30 feet long) bridge connecting Ghayal with Kalam and the rest of the world.

    Site 3 - Palir
    A foot bridge that connects the village of Palir to the main road across the river Swat.

    Site 4 - Baffer
    100 bags of cement have been arranged for this bridge. We could not visit this site for shortage of time. IA the next team visiting Kalam will have positive updates from here as well.

    Power Projects:
    Site 1 - Anakar
    A 25 KVA power project was inaugurated. This is now supplying electricity to 180 odd houses of Anakar. The local people have worked exceptionally hard to build a new water channel for this. The channel is supported by a 3 foot wide retention wall that is, at its highest, about 10 foot high. This was build on a self help basis by the people of Anakar at no cost.


    Site 2 - Nazimabad
    A 24 KVA power project for which the channel is being built. The channel is a whopping 200 meter long. The retention wall being built for it is 2.5 to 3 feet wide and 2 feet (at the start) to about 15 feet high (at the highest point). Again this work is being done totally free of cost by the people of Nazimabad on a self help basis. What is more commendable is that the locals have donated parts of their land for this channel. This will IA be completed in a week to ten days after we arrange the penstock pipe for them .

    Two more power generation sets have been delivered to our local representative in Kalam (Gulzada Khan). Sites for these will be finalized this week and the team going to Kalam this coming weekend will inaugurate work on these.

    Protective Retention wall:
    We had delivered G-wire for building of two protective walls in the valley of Gabral. These were for protecting Mosques from the raging Swat river. People from one of these two sites have started work on their wall and IA we will have more details on that soon.

    School:
    We have, now, a MBA graduate from Abbotabad, Mr. Mehroze Kiani (my cousin) who has shifted to Anakar to help us establish and run the school there. For this we will pay him a fixed stipend (that I have already arranged for). We have also hired two local teachers from the same village for this school. We held a detailed meeting with the local elders about this school and its running and they were very happy and enthusiastic about it. I am glad and feel proud to report to you that today we had 67 children turn up at the school. I am getting daily reports from Mehroze about the progress, issues and needs for the school. Since this will is another Project (Project Educate) in IJC's Flood Relief Initiative, I will post a separate post on the relief website for this and try to update that regularly IA.

    There are a lot of stories and interesting events to share and IA I will be doing so with you all in the coming few days.
    Thank you all again
    Ehsan

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    Thank you all for all the nice words and the encouragement. We could not have achieved this neither can we go on to achieve more goals without the support and prayers of friends
    Thank you again
    Ehsan

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    Quote Originally Posted by ehsankiani View Post
    Aoa friends
    Mashallah we had a very successful trip this weekend. Following are the details on the various projects

    Bridges:

    Site 1 - Anakar
    A beautifully built 12 feet wide and about 60 foot long bridge that is connecting the village of Anakar (pop. approx.1000) to Kalam and the rest of the world. This is a truckable bridge which is capable of withstanding a fully loaded truck crossing it.

    Site 2 - Ghayal
    A smaller (approx 10 feet wide and about 30 feet long) bridge connecting Ghayal with Kalam and the rest of the world.

    Site 3 - Palir
    A foot bridge that connects the village of Palir to the main road across the river Swat.

    Site 4 - Baffer
    100 bags of cement have been arranged for this bridge. We could not visit this site for shortage of time. IA the next team visiting Kalam will have positive updates from here as well.

    Power Projects:
    Site 1 - Anakar
    A 25 KVA power project was inaugurated. This is now supplying electricity to 180 odd houses of Anakar. The local people have worked exceptionally hard to build a new water channel for this. The channel is supported by a 3 foot wide retention wall that is, at its highest, about 10 foot high. This was build on a self help basis by the people of Anakar at no cost.


    Site 2 - Nazimabad
    A 24 KVA power project for which the channel is being built. The channel is a whopping 200 meter long. The retention wall being built for it is 2.5 to 3 feet wide and 2 feet (at the start) to about 15 feet high (at the highest point). Again this work is being done totally free of cost by the people of Nazimabad on a self help basis. What is more commendable is that the locals have donated parts of their land for this channel. This will IA be completed in a week to ten days after we arrange the penstock pipe for them .

    Two more power generation sets have been delivered to our local representative in Kalam (Gulzada Khan). Sites for these will be finalized this week and the team going to Kalam this coming weekend will inaugurate work on these.

    Protective Retention wall:
    We had delivered G-wire for building of two protective walls in the valley of Gabral. These were for protecting Mosques from the raging Swat river. People from one of these two sites have started work on their wall and IA we will have more details on that soon.

    School:
    We have, now, a MBA graduate from Abbotabad, Mr. Mehroze Kiani (my cousin) who has shifted to Anakar to help us establish and run the school there. For this we will pay him a fixed stipend (that I have already arranged for). We have also hired two local teachers from the same village for this school. We held a detailed meeting with the local elders about this school and its running and they were very happy and enthusiastic about it. I am glad and feel proud to report to you that today we had 67 children turn up at the school. I am getting daily reports from Mehroze about the progress, issues and needs for the school. Since this will is another Project (Project Educate) in IJC's Flood Relief Initiative, I will post a separate post on the relief website for this and try to update that regularly IA.

    There are a lot of stories and interesting events to share and IA I will be doing so with you all in the coming few days.
    Thank you all again
    Ehsan
    Hats off to Ehsan Kiani, Asad Marwat and Siddique for making this all possible. Also Mr. Gulzada Khan is the man on the ground in Kalam who deserves all the credit and applause for these achievements! Lets keep this up!
    "If YOU don't believe in what you're doing it'll never work."

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    Quote Originally Posted by ehsankiani View Post
    Aoa friends
    Mashallah we had a very successful trip this weekend. Following are the details on the various projects

    Bridges:

    Site 1 - Anakar
    A beautifully built 12 feet wide and about 60 foot long bridge that is connecting the village of Anakar (pop. approx.1000) to Kalam and the rest of the world. This is a truckable bridge which is capable of withstanding a fully loaded truck crossing it.

    Site 2 - Ghayal
    A smaller (approx 10 feet wide and about 30 feet long) bridge connecting Ghayal with Kalam and the rest of the world.

    Site 3 - Palir
    A foot bridge that connects the village of Palir to the main road across the river Swat.

    Site 4 - Baffer
    100 bags of cement have been arranged for this bridge. We could not visit this site for shortage of time. IA the next team visiting Kalam will have positive updates from here as well.

    Power Projects:
    Site 1 - Anakar
    A 25 KVA power project was inaugurated. This is now supplying electricity to 180 odd houses of Anakar. The local people have worked exceptionally hard to build a new water channel for this. The channel is supported by a 3 foot wide retention wall that is, at its highest, about 10 foot high. This was build on a self help basis by the people of Anakar at no cost.


    Site 2 - Nazimabad
    A 24 KVA power project for which the channel is being built. The channel is a whopping 200 meter long. The retention wall being built for it is 2.5 to 3 feet wide and 2 feet (at the start) to about 15 feet high (at the highest point). Again this work is being done totally free of cost by the people of Nazimabad on a self help basis. What is more commendable is that the locals have donated parts of their land for this channel. This will IA be completed in a week to ten days after we arrange the penstock pipe for them .

    Two more power generation sets have been delivered to our local representative in Kalam (Gulzada Khan). Sites for these will be finalized this week and the team going to Kalam this coming weekend will inaugurate work on these.

    Protective Retention wall:
    We had delivered G-wire for building of two protective walls in the valley of Gabral. These were for protecting Mosques from the raging Swat river. People from one of these two sites have started work on their wall and IA we will have more details on that soon.

    School:
    We have, now, a MBA graduate from Abbotabad, Mr. Mehroze Kiani (my cousin) who has shifted to Anakar to help us establish and run the school there. For this we will pay him a fixed stipend (that I have already arranged for). We have also hired two local teachers from the same village for this school. We held a detailed meeting with the local elders about this school and its running and they were very happy and enthusiastic about it. I am glad and feel proud to report to you that today we had 67 children turn up at the school. I am getting daily reports from Mehroze about the progress, issues and needs for the school. Since this will is another Project (Project Educate) in IJC's Flood Relief Initiative, I will post a separate post on the relief website for this and try to update that regularly IA.

    There are a lot of stories and interesting events to share and IA I will be doing so with you all in the coming few days.
    Thank you all again
    Ehsan

    Dear Ek,Asad,Siddique.

    Ever since you guys volunteered to take care of these victims, I have admired your unselfishness.
    I just want you to know that you are doing a terrific job,
    Congratulations on getting up the power plant & for the next phase of development you are becoming something of a legend for all of us.

    We should learned more from you than from any teacher we ever had!!

    I am always there & just a call away.

    Love you

    Janj
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    Thanks a lot colleagues for your kind words. Honestly its a team work and where we have team that comprises of each one of you i dont see why we cant achieve the unachievables. God bless.

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    Thanks a lot colleagues for your kind words. Honestly its a team work and where we have team that comprises of each one of you i dont see why we cant achieve the unachievables. God bless.
    Thank you all for the encouragement and for all the support and help. As Asad bhai said, this is a teamwork that involves, IJC, Engaged and many other friends. I seriously believe that this is just the beginning and is nothing as compared to the phenomenal destruction that has been caused. May Allah give us all the strength, time, support and courage to build on this start and continue with the flood relief efforts.
    Thank you again
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    Nazimabad channel construction continued.

    Project Reconnect Swat- IJCs Flood Relief Initiative -155018 Project Reconnect Swat- IJCs Flood Relief Initiative -155021 Project Reconnect Swat- IJCs Flood Relief Initiative -155024
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    Near the construction site found Trout (too young to catch/eat)

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    Parapilot very well catches wish u best of luck.

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    Desert Devil, Juma Khan, Mehroze Kiani, Jehangir Mir and myself went to Kalam over the weekend to assess various releif operations that IJC and the group have been helping with and supporting.

    True to IJC style, it turned out to be a typical marathon driving session. Total distance ISB to Swat was 250km (journey 3hour 40minutes), Swat to Kalam 100km (Journey 7 hours with breakfast break), we drove around 30-35 km around kalam going to and from various work sites etc. Return from kalam to Swat took 7 hour 30 minutes (with 30-40 minutes mechanical repair work) and return from swat to ISB 4 and half hours (including 1/2 hour nap in-between). So total distance covered in return trip was 735km in approx 36 hours.

    Desert devil, Juma and Mehroze left at 7.00pm on friday night for Mingora, where as I finished work and after picking up Jehangir at 9:15pm we left for mingora as well. Roads were empty, so we managed in reasonable time. We reached Mingora PTDC at 1am where Desert Devil had already booked a room for us. We were up at 4 again and left before 5am for Kalam to avoid traffic on one lane dirt tracks. Unfortunately we still encountered plenty traffic and reached kalam just before 12 mid day. The condition of road between swat and Kalam was horrendous and with me and Jahangir in my Patrol Pickup and no load at the back. Jahangir and myself are definitely convinced that out internal organs have shifted around quite a few times due to extreme bouncing around. Infact Jehangir almost swore on his life that he won’t go back Kalam on this vehicle J. Most likely Jehangir is visiting an orthopaedic surgeon today to get his back / spine realigned (the passenger bench seat had no lateral support)


    Must thank Jahangir for his wonderful company, support and technical / mechanical expertise during the trip. I did allow him to smoke now n again so that he could keep his spirits high and eyes wide awake J

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    In and around Kalam we went around all the various places n projects that IJC + Group are undertaking/ overseeing/ helping with. We crossed the vehicles on the newly constructed bridges etc. Lunch was very graciously hosted for us by people of Anakar with a long speech of thnx in their local language. (The word Shukria is used the same and was said about a hundred times, so I am assuming it was a thnx speech J)<o:p></o:p>
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    Mr Khanzada kindly hosted tea for us twice and his house for us to rest and straighten our backs. We left around 08:15pm from kalam for the return journey, and contrary to our expectations, the return journey had probably even more traffic. We reversed numerous times on the single narrow temporary tracks on the side of mountains, sometime even upto 200 meters or so, and it was rather challenging. Did develop an un-explained engine idle/ throttle issue during return journey, which made life rather difficult. But we eventually managed every thing and finally reached home safely.


    More details n pic later………….this is just to bump up the thread for now


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    Default Trip Details by Desert Devil (Asad Marwat)

    The following text, I am copying from Asad's email, it contains the relevant info. Hopefully Asad won't mind


    Alhamdollilah came back safe and sound this morning via wonron express
    from Kalam. Team comprised of; NN, Juma Khan, Jahangir, Mehroz Kiyani
    and Myself left for Kalam on friday night. Overnite, rather 4 hours
    stay at Mingora and reached Kalam via a road very few have travelled
    (I mean ijcians ) got stuck up in head ontraffic jam for 3 hours
    plus.

    Sitrep on projects in Kalam,

    Anakar road and bridge opened and first ijc vehicles crossed over to
    Anakar valley. Had lunch with the elders.

    Visited the power house at Anakar which is now up and running.

    Drove to nazimabad and then walked down to the turbine placement
    location. Monitored the water channel construction. Everything was on
    schedule. The locals carried 1 ton of Turbine on their shoulders and
    at times on make shift log pallet. Unbelievable till we witnessed it.
    The slope was very steep where NN and myself had to get help, from our
    comrades, to get down.

    Visited Ghayal bridge which is now under regular usage.

    Identified 2 more locations for pedestrian bridges. One could be a
    potential vehicular bridge.

    Bafar bridge work is in full swing.
    One power plant including turbine and alternator will be handed over
    to Ghayal elders and the second to a village near Gabral. Elders of
    both the villages will meet with our rep Mr. Gulzada and Project
    coordinator Mehroz Kiyani tomorrow.

    One additional village needed a smaller less costly turbine hence
    ordered has already been placed and the same will be shipped in a
    weeks time. This will serve a small community of 25 houses.

    Palir pedestrian bridge has been completed and in service bt the work
    was below our required quality....

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    Good write up doc.... u missed one part your pick up runs on 14 number ke chabi

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    Quote Originally Posted by nn View Post
    Desert Devil, Juma Khan, Mehroze Kiani, Jehangir Mir and myself went to Kalam over the weekend to assess various releif operations that IJC and the group have been helping with and supporting.

    True to IJC style, it turned out to be a typical marathon driving session. Total distance ISB to Swat was 250km (journey 3hour 40minutes), Swat to Kalam 100km (Journey 7 hours with breakfast break), we drove around 30-35 km around kalam going to and from various work sites etc. Return from kalam to Swat took 7 hour 30 minutes (with 30-40 minutes mechanical repair work) and return from swat to ISB 4 and half hours (including 1/2 hour nap in-between). So total distance covered in return trip was 735km in approx 36 hours.

    Desert devil, Juma and Mehroze left at 7.00pm on friday night for Mingora, where as I finished work and after picking up Jehangir at 9:15pm we left for mingora as well. Roads were empty, so we managed in reasonable time. We reached Mingora PTDC at 1am where Desert Devil had already booked a room for us. We were up at 4 again and left before 5am for Kalam to avoid traffic on one lane dirt tracks. Unfortunately we still encountered plenty traffic and reached kalam just before 12 mid day. The condition of road between swat and Kalam was horrendous and with me and Jahangir in my Patrol Pickup and no load at the back. Jahangir and myself are definitely convinced that out internal organs have shifted around quite a few times due to extreme bouncing around. Infact Jehangir almost swore on his life that he won’t go back Kalam on this vehicle J. Most likely Jehangir is visiting an orthopaedic surgeon today to get his back / spine realigned (the passenger bench seat had no lateral support)


    Must thank Jahangir for his wonderful company, support and technical / mechanical expertise during the trip. I did allow him to smoke now n again so that he could keep his spirits high and eyes wide awake J

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    In and around Kalam we went around all the various places n projects that IJC + Group are undertaking/ overseeing/ helping with. We crossed the vehicles on the newly constructed bridges etc. Lunch was very graciously hosted for us by people of Anakar with a long speech of thnx in their local language. (The word Shukria is used the same and was said about a hundred times, so I am assuming it was a thnx speech J)<o:p></o:p>
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    Mr Khanzada kindly hosted tea for us twice and his house for us to rest and straighten our backs. We left around 08:15pm from kalam for the return journey, and contrary to our expectations, the return journey had probably even more traffic. We reversed numerous times on the single narrow temporary tracks on the side of mountains, sometime even upto 200 meters or so, and it was rather challenging. Did develop an un-explained engine idle/ throttle issue during return journey, which made life rather difficult. But we eventually managed every thing and finally reached home safely.


    More details n pic later………….this is just to bump up the thread for now

    Doc nn,
    Many thanks for the update! Wonderful to read details of the drive from Mingora to Kalam. I can understand fully what you guys went through, though the dala I took up there had a fair amount of load at the back and was probably somewhat more comfy! Nonetheless, that track is not easy going by any means!

    Wonderful to hear great things on the projects we have started. I am sure you would agree that its a great feeling to visit the place, meet the people and see the things in person!

    May God bless you for the committment and effort here!
    "If YOU don't believe in what you're doing it'll never work."

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    Quote Originally Posted by nn View Post
    The following text, I am copying from Asad's email, it contains the relevant info. Hopefully Asad won't mind


    Alhamdollilah came back safe and sound this morning via wonron express
    from Kalam. Team comprised of; NN, Juma Khan, Jahangir, Mehroz Kiyani
    and Myself left for Kalam on friday night. Overnite, rather 4 hours
    stay at Mingora and reached Kalam via a road very few have travelled
    (I mean ijcians ) got stuck up in head ontraffic jam for 3 hours
    plus.

    Sitrep on projects in Kalam,

    Anakar road and bridge opened and first ijc vehicles crossed over to
    Anakar valley. Had lunch with the elders.

    Visited the power house at Anakar which is now up and running.

    Drove to nazimabad and then walked down to the turbine placement
    location. Monitored the water channel construction. Everything was on
    schedule. The locals carried 1 ton of Turbine on their shoulders and
    at times on make shift log pallet. Unbelievable till we witnessed it.
    The slope was very steep where NN and myself had to get help, from our
    comrades, to get down.

    Visited Ghayal bridge which is now under regular usage.

    Identified 2 more locations for pedestrian bridges. One could be a
    potential vehicular bridge.

    Bafar bridge work is in full swing.
    One power plant including turbine and alternator will be handed over
    to Ghayal elders and the second to a village near Gabral. Elders of
    both the villages will meet with our rep Mr. Gulzada and Project
    coordinator Mehroz Kiyani tomorrow.

    One additional village needed a smaller less costly turbine hence
    ordered has already been placed and the same will be shipped in a
    weeks time. This will serve a small community of 25 houses.

    Palir pedestrian bridge has been completed and in service bt the work
    was below our required quality....
    DesertDevil Sahib, hats off once again for all your effort and contribution!
    Wonderful to hear that things are going well and projects are proceeding at pace! Its become quite a mega-initiative I must say and may Allah give us the strength to see this to the finish line!

    On second thoughts, there probably is no finish line here we are in this one for life..... hahaha
    "If YOU don't believe in what you're doing it'll never work."

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    was that one hell of a ride or was that one hell of a ride?
    in all honesty, I have neverrr traveled a road less travelled:p
    i think all the jumping around in the passenger seat has also messed up my head :p

    the key words of this trip were: asad bhai aaloo ka pata kar lain, yar gari phir band ho gayee and doc speed up yaar! hahahaha...

    what a beautiful place Kalam! I had never been there ever before so it was a treat.. the hospitality of the people, the picturesque scenery and the weather...

    Now the horrors: the dust and the never ending bumps... if i had a rupee for everytime i jumped out of my seat, i would not be sitting here writing this rather would be out buying myself a car atleast :p

    I am very proud of the extraordinary work done by IJC with the help of the locals. All the projects that were undertaken by Ehsan Bhai and Asad bhai were either complete or near completion. The site of the school being run by IJC and friends was also as beautiful as the cause itself!

    A big shout out to doc saab for the wonderful company and to asad bhai and juma bhai for the entertainment over the radio! hahahah.. You guys made all the bumping and jumping less painful! God Bless you guys!

    Finally! I would urge everyone to visit these places for themselves to really understand how badly our countrymen have been affected. No words or pictures can truly put across their misery and the amount of destruction in those areas.
    Also i would recommend that please chose a ride other than a Nissan Patrol Pickup! hahaha

    God Help us all...

    Jahangir.
    WHERE THERES A JEEP... THERES A WAY!

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    very well said Mir..... btw Aloo is for Rs 20/kg in Kalam. and thats a good quality Aloo.

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    Wow, just read the thread! great going guys, I'm speechless.

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    Jehangir has very kindly taken just 376pics (2.5gb) in under 12 hours .

    So be patient, I have to go through them when I have enough time so i can resize and upload them.

    For now am just posting 2 pics of our vehicular crossing of Anakar bridge!

    (true to form, did do a short burn-out near the end of bridge, forgot about the man standing on the rear bed and and he nearly fell-off )

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