By: Javaid-ur-rahman | Published: March 30, 2011
ISLAMABAD – After thoroughly examining the submerged road at Karakoram Highway (KKH), Chinese experts team is making comprehensive report for possible option of repairing the road site, which is most likely to be presented to Pakistan authorities in three weeks.
“A detailed report for possible option of repair will be given to the concerned ministry in less than one month,” well-placed communication ministry sources told The Nation.
A couple of days before Chinese technical experts along with Pakistani engineers have conducted a detailed survey of the area to make a report in this regard.
When contacted, Minister for Communication Dr Arbab Alamgir said that Chinese team had briefed him about the possible option for retrieving the submerged road at KKH.
“Chinese team have met him after conducting detailed survey of the area,” the minister said, adding, “Our experts will examine their compiled study before applying it on the submerged part.”
To a question about loss in terms of trade between Pakistan and China, Dr Arbab admitted that the blockage of road had caused a loss of million of rupees. In this regards, the communication ministry has already discussed two options worth $600 million and $270 million for retrieving the submerged road at KKH due to Attabad Lake.
Considering it multimillion rupees loss due to prolonged blockage, economic experts have asked for prompt action to save national kitty from further losses.
It is relevant to mention here that Prime Minister Gilani has also asked repairing of submerged part of KKH but owing to non-availability of funds the idea has not be materialised yet.
The lake which was created on the 4th January 2010 near Attabad village in Hunza Valley due to a massive landslide blocking Hunza River submerged 2-3 km of KKH and caused considerable damage to life and property in the area. A portion of the Karakuram Highway went under the lake water near an orchard between Gulmit and Ghulkin. Over 20 kilometres of the KKH have so far been caused to submerge by the lake water, including a 250 meters long strategic bridge.