by Zulfiqar Ali Khan
HUNZA, Jan 13: The local as well as federal governments are ready to meet the crisis emerging in the cut-off Gojal tehsil due to blockade of the Hunza River and Karakoram Highway.
“All out efforts would be made to manage the situation arising due to the blockade of the river after the Atabad landslide,” said Gilgit-Baltistan chief minister Mehdi Shah while addressing a public gathering at Shishkat village on Wednesday.
Mr Shah said his government was in close contact with the Centre as well as the affected communities to deal with any emergency. He announced setting up of a basic health unit under the People’s Primary Health Initiative Programme at Shishkat.
Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly speaker Wazir Baig, famous mountaineer Nazir Sabir and government officials were accompanying him during his visit to the village facing threat from the blocked river water.
The chief minister also met with the people of Ayeenabad having immediate threat from formation of the lake. The people urged the chief minister to save the houses and properties of the 30 families of the village from inundation.
Addressing a public gathering in Gulmit, the tehsil headquarter of Gojal, the chief minister said that Wapda was monitoring the river carefully. He applauded the efforts of local volunteers for their organised efforts during relief operation.
The locals demanded of the Mr Shah to open the Khunjerab border to ensure proper supply of food and other basic items from China.
Later, Mr Shah visited the far-flung Chipursan valley and assured the people of proper supply of food and other necessities of life. [DAWN]