Islamabad, August 3: Hundreds of commuters stuck in Gilgit due to the devastating rain that extensively damaged the Karakuram Highway are finding it tough to get a seat in the few planes that PIA operates.
Crowds of passengers gather in front of the small airport in Gilgit city to get their tickets confirmed under the new registration policy. Hundreds return disappointed because the flights are few and heavily dependent on weather conditions.
The government operated C – 130 planes to transport relief items for the people displaced by recent floods. On their way back these relatively larger planes evacuated stranded commuters, most of them foreign tourists.
Many people have complained that the authorities are abusing the emergency service to benefit their near and dear ones.
Hundreds including students and professionals are stuck in the mountain city waiting for the weather dependent planes. Some workers of IUCN, WWF and other NGOs who are taking part in the relief activities related to Hunza Lake disaster are also stuck in the region.