Gulmit, May 4: The journey of the shaky boats that connect Gojal Valley, upper Hunza, with the rest of the country may be cut short by the rising level of sand in the river bed located between Shishkat and Gulmit.
According to details the level of water has gradually decreased in the dammed Hunza River during the last several months, which is a good news for the residents of the disaster hit valley. However, the decrease in water level has created another problem, which might result in suspension of the boat service.
Local people told Pamir Times that a large amount of sand is getting deposited in front of Shishkat Village, which will within a couple of days make it difficult for the boats to operate. “The entire area will be filled with sand and the boats will not be able to move”, a local man named Hussain Shah told Pamir Times.
He said that the river is bringing sand from Hussaini and Gulmit and depositing it near Shishkat. The increase in amount of sand in this area has the potential to bring the boat service to a halt.
“If the boat services is suspended work on the construction of Tunnel may also be affected”, a local worker of CRBC (Chinese company) said, requesting anonymity.
The locals in Hunza have appealed to the district administration and the GB government to take notice of the situation and take appropriate contingency measures ahead of time.