By Zulfiqar Ali Khan
Hunza, October 07: The excavation work on spillway of the dammed Hunza River has been accelerated in order to ensure the release of water during the winter and re-link the strategic Karakoram Highway between China and Pakistan.
According to a reliable source, depth of the spillway will be further increased by 30 meters. A tunnel bypassing the 10 – months old landslide lake will also be constructed to increase the drainage rate.
The Planning Commission has been made responsible for overall coordination of the project involving a number of national and international organizations. Lt.Gen (Rtd) Shahid Niaz, member (I&M ) PC is heading the project and implemented jointly by Pakistan Army, SUPARCO, Geological Survey of Pakistan, NESPAK, NUST, OGDC, PAEC, WAPDA and FWO. Norwegian and Chinese support has been acquired in excavation of tunnel. NHA has been given the responsibility of realignment and rehabilitation of the KKH.
According to our source, the decision was made in July, during a high level meeting in Islamabad, but the work could not be initiated due to the flooding situation in the country.