Gilgit, March 16: Gojal valley, Attabad and Sarat village in upper Hunza, have been declared as calamity hit region by the interim governor of Gilgit – Baltistan during a recent visit of the disaster hit Attabad village. He said that the indirect effect of Attabad landslide on Gojal valley is enormous in scale and magnitude and due to collapse of the local economy people would not be able to live normal lives.
Tens of protests in Gulmit, Aliabad, Gilgit, Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad had been demanding calamity hit status for the region for the past two months.
While members of the coordination committee in Gilgit have welcomed the announcement they have also said that their struggle will continue till realization of the provisions that come with declaration of calamity hit status.
As citizens of a calamity hit region all loans of the people of Gojal valley would be waived. Fees of the students studying in the public sector institutions would also be waived off. Declaration of calamity hit status also means that the government will now take complete responsibility for all affairs of the region. International and national NGOs would also be allowed to work in the region.
The governor also promised that the THQ hospital in Gulmit would be made fully operational on war footings. He also said that the high school Gulmit would get status of a higher secondary school.
Utility stores at three new locations would also be established.