Images: Aslam Shah for Pamir Times
Gulmit, May 12: A portion of the Karakuram Highway went under the lake water near an orchard between Gulmit and Ghulkin. Organic destruction of the KKH has grave implications not only for the local communities but also for the Sino – Pak trade.
Over 20 kilometers of the KKH have so far been caused to submerge by the lake water, including a 250 meter long strategic bridge.
Destruction of roads is bound to spell an era of isolation in the region that has economic, social and psychological impact in the long run.
Submergence of this portion of KKH has resulted in disconnection of Gulmit from rest of the Gojal valley. One jeepable, unpaved route, between Gulmit and Ghulkin exists through Kamaris along with a pony track road that needs to be repaired.