Gilgit: The Frontier Works Organization (FWO) has claimed that excavation of the spillway of the dammed Hunza River near Attabad has been completed. Briefing the media in Gilgit, FWO media manager has reportedly said that the targets given to them by the government have been achieved. “327 houses have resurfaced from the lake, the Gulmit-Shishkat bridge has resurfaced completely, while around 400 acres of land has also resurfaced due to the excavation carried out by FWO”, the media manager told the media, counting the “successes”.
He also said that the three men of FWO, including Col. Arif Mehmood, embraced martyrdom while working on the spillway.
“While the target given by the government has been achieved successfully, we will continue working till next year to further lower the water level in the dammed river”, he said.
It is pertinent to note that the FWO had been contracted to lower the water level in the dammed river by 30 meters (almost 98 feet).
In the past the local people have contradicted the claims made by the FWO above progress and pace of work in the disaster hit Gojal valley. A group of the disaster affected people had also registered a case against the FWO and NHA in a court in Gilgit, accusing the two organizations of making the people of Gojal Valley suffer by not performing well.
Local people have demanded that the claims of FWO should be verified by independent means, to find out the real impact of the huge investment made by the state during the last three years.
“We highly respect and honour the martyrs who laid down their lives to help us get out of the disaster”, a local notable who did not want to be named told Pamir Times. “However, we have the right to know the real impact of the work and for that to happen the civil society needs to get active”, he added.