KKH expansion: protesters seek compensation

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HUNZA-NAGAR, March 18: Protesters on Wednesday stopped the ongoing work on the expansion of Karakoram Highway (KKH) near Ganish in Hunza demanding proper compensation policy and construction mechanisms to minimize the losses in community-settled areas.

The peaceful protest was organised by Hunza-Nagar KKH compensation committee and the affected people of Ganish Village.The protesters warned the government against repeating the injustice meted out to them at the time of the highway construction during 1970s. They blamed that the contractors are not following the previous land demarcation and extra lands are being included in the road.

They also demanded the government to record and compensate the extra damages to crops, trees and surrounding lands occurs during the use of heavy machinery.

They said that the local administration and contractor should give proper notice to the villagers before starting works.

The protesters passed a resolu tion demanding compensation according to the proposals made by the Assistant Commissioner Hunza. They demanded advance payment of the compensation. They also demanded presence of the representatives of NHA and settlement department during the expansion work in community-settled areas.

The protest was ended when the Deputy Commissioner Gilgit through telephone assured the people to meet their demands before starting work on KKH expansion in community-settled areas. Also at Dawn

By: Zulfiqar

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