Islamabad, July 4: “I was chairman of the committee constituted by the government to assess losses in Attabad. We had submitted a report to the home secretary, indicating estimated losses of Rs780 million. But the compensation package offered by the government is much below our expectations”.
The above statement was given by GBLA speaker Wazir Baig while talking to The Express Tribune.
It is pertinent to note that 100 million rupees have been set aside by the GB government for those affected by the Attabad landslide disaster and the damming of Hunza River.
The speaker also reportedly said that people living in camps as IDPs are going through harsh times and many have developed psychological disorders due to the trauma caused by loss of hard earned assets.
“I’ve met displaced people living in temporary camps. I’ve found that they, especially their women, are developing physiological problems because they have lost everything, even the hope of returning to their homes,” Baig reportedly told Sahabbir Mir during the exclusive interview.
Wazir Baig also said that he is not clear about impact of the spillway created to drain the 24 kilometers lake that has destroyed thousands of Kanals of land, several bridges and a huge portion of the Karakuram Highway. “We are being kept in dark about the situation”, he reportedly alleged.