The statement has expressed dissatisfaction and displeasure over the pace of work being carried out by FWO for creating a spillway cut at the lake barrier.
The committee also organized a protest demonstration in front of the Parliament House, here in Islamabad, in support of their demands.
Save Gojal Committee has said that over one thousand Kanals of cultivable land of the valley has been inundated by the artificial lake while serious threat exists to the village of lower and central Shishkat and low laying parts of Gulmit and Hussaini. They have also said that the loss of thousands of trees and orchards has collapsed the economy of Gojal – the largest Tehsil of Hunza – Nagar district. The committee has demanded of the government to declare Gojal as calamity hit and develop special programs for revival of economic activity in the region that directly shares border with China and Afghanistan.
The committee has also demanded establishment of online – banking facilities in Gojal valley and provision of internet facility to resolve the communication crisis triggered by geographic isolation.
Other demands voiced by the committee include provision of fuel, fertilizers and seeds at subsidized rates to Gojal valley.
The committee has said that while FWO and NDMA were quick to respond to the situation the pace of work has been painfully slow and the deadline of 15 March for releasing water from the lake might not be met.
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