Wait and see is the only methodology employed by the current government with regards to resolution of the lake disaster in Hunza Valley. They waited for the water to rise and reach the spillway. Now they are waiting for the water to go down on its own. The waiting has a cost and the poor people of Gojal Valley are bearing it for the past six months.
Loss of 187 houses, countless trees, thousands of Kanals of cultivated and cultivable land and the resultant collapse of the region’s economy is a heavy blow for the society of Gojal.
There are also reports that the the lake’s height has again started increasing in the upstream areas due to rise in the water inflow in Khujrav River (also called Hunza River). It is a worrying situation for the already disgruntled communities of Gojal Valley.
The government needs to shun the wait and see phenomena and take safe and controlled mechanical measures to increase width of the spillway.
Gojal Valley has already paid heavily for the inefficiencies of others but the government has the power to reduce the impending hazards through fast and effective action. It is now a question of will power and the ability to decide.