By Zulfiqar Ali Khan
HUNZA, June 14: Hundreds of stranded people from Gojal valley held a protest rally in Aliabad here on Monday seeking resumption of boat service to ferry them to their areas.
They marched towards the Attabad disaster site and demanded resumption of the boat service. They returned back on the assurance of the local administration to ensure helicopter and boat service for them.
They also demanded immediate action to widen the spillway of the lake formed on Hunza River by January 4 landslide at Attabad to ensure the release of water from the lake.
Hundreds of people are stranded in Hunza due to which the committees of the affected people of Gojal tehsil have decided to mobilise the people of Gilgit-Baltistan in widening the spillway on self-help basis as the government lacks interest in the matter.
The committees in their meetings held in Aliabad Hunza and Gilgit blamed the authorities for causing huge loss to the people and their properties.
“Safe and controlled explosion and mechanical methods could be used rather to wait and see the situation to further worsen,” the locals said. The committees have also decided to seek the support of people from central Hunza and Nagar in this regard.
Meanwhile, the water level has crept up about 14 inches since the release of water through the spillway on May 29.