by Ghulam Nasir
GILGIT, January 19: People of Gojal living in Gilgit city have criticized the government for delaying work on releasing water from the lake formed on Hunza river.
Addressing a press conference at a local hotel here in Gilgit the speakers said that the government is only offering lip service to the people of Ayeen Abad, Shishkat and Gulmit, the three villages endangered by the fast expanding lake.
“More than eight thousand people living in these three villages, their houses, field and property are under immediate threat due to the increasing water level but the government is yet to come up with a strategy to release water from the lake”, said a speaker. The lake formation had started on January 4, 2010, after a devastating landslide.
“It is unfortunate that our representatives are silent about their future strategy or just giving vague statements about the lake’s fate”, another speaker said.
According to a press release handed over to the journalists parts of the Ayeen Abad village have already submerged in the lake.
The speakers also feared that soon the farming season would start in Gojal valley and if the road is not opened till then, availability of seeds, fertilizers and fuel for farming purpose would be a major issue. “It would destroy our economy”, said a speaker.
Around fifty residents of Gojal based in Gilgit city participated in the press conference, addressed by Ali Qurban, Muhammad Aslam, Salman Udin, Sajjad Ahmed and Ali Anwer.