Murree Tragedy: Negligence of govt exposes in report filed to CM

By: Ali Ramay      Published: 07:01 PM, 9 Jan, 2022
Murree Tragedy: Negligence of govt exposes in report filed to CM

The preliminary report of the Murree tragedy has been submitted to the Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar that exposed roads in and around Murree have not been built or repaired for the last two years, reported 24NewsHD TV on Sunday.

A meeting was held in Murree under the chairmanship of CM Punjab Bazdar, during which the report presented to him, it was revealed that the Standing Operation Procedure (SOP) compiled by the government and the administration were completely ignored.

According to SOPs, entry of heavy vehicles was recommended to be stopped before Murree Toll Plaza, the report stated.

Passenger buses were recommended to be parked 17 miles from Murree Toll Plaza, the report said.

The report stated that Mall Road, Jhika Gali, Kuldana Chowk, Sunny Bank Bazaar were declared as Prohibited Area.

District police and traffic police were responsible for removing parking from restricted areas.

As per the report, the local police and transport were entrusted with the task of checking the fitness certificate of every vehicle coming to Murree.

It was also recommended to deploy volunteers along with civil defence personnel to assist the tourists.

The report stated that it was recommended to set up three central and 12 small camps to remove the obstacles created by the snow. It was recommended to set up five camps for sprinkling salt during the snowfall.

According to the report, submitted to CM Punjab said that at 8 o'clock in the morning, after the blizzard subsided, the administration came into action. The report stated the heavy snowfall in the pits has hampered the flow of traffic.

Despite slipping outside a private cafe in Murree, government machinery was not present, the report state. This slippery place was the main exit route for those leaving Murree.

There was no highway machinery for clearing snow on the way out of Murree, the report added.

The preliminary report further added due to the lack of electricity in different parts of Murree, tourists prefer to leave hotels and sit in cars.

Due to the intervention of DC Rawalpindi and CPO Rawalpindi, the movement of vehicles in Murree was banned, the report further stated.

The report stated that drivers of snow removal machinery could not reach the spot on time due to traffic closure on Murree highways. There is no parking plaza in Murree where vehicles can be parked, the report added.

The report said that pre-snowfall arrangements in and around Murree have consisted of 30 points.

It is relevant to mention that CM Buzdar has constituted a committee headed by the Additional Chief Secretary for further investigation.

Ali Ramay

Ali Ramay is a Senior Investigative Reporter associated with Pakistan's City News Network (CNN). He has been associated with the CNN group since 2013 and mainly covers investigative stories in departments under the Punjab Government.