Gilgit - Baltistan

KKH blocked in protest against wheat shortage, loadshedding

by: Zulfiqar Ali Khan
Nagar, Nov 6: Hundreds of enraged protestors from Nagar valley blocked Karakoram Highway for about five hours against the prolonged loadshedding, wheat shortage and lack of medicines in hospitals.The protestors from Summayar, Shahyar, Asqurdhas and surrounding villages blocked KKH in Murtazabad.

They were chanting slogans against the public representatives and NAPWD officials for their failure in ensuring smooth supply of electricity, wheat flour and other essential items to the people.

The speakers said that the Turbine of the power station had been closed for the last one year causing almost 24 hours loadshedding.

They said despite regular intimations, the authorities concerned have not repaired the turbine.

The protestors said that the health units lacked even the basic life-saving drugs.

They demanded increase in wheat quota and ensure transparent distribution in order to avoid wheat shortage in these villages.

They also demanded payment of compensation to the people who had to surrender their land for Murtazabad to Summayar link road construction.

The Acting Chief Secretary Northern Areas, Mutahir Shah assured the protestors that the turbine would be repaired and fuel for the generator made available within 24 hours.

He also assured to initiate inquiry into irregularities in wheat supply.

The protestors have threatened to again block the KKH on November 8, if their demands were not met.

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