Fri. Nov 27th, 2020

Commuters in Gojal Valley faced with a new difficult situation

A man moves through the water holding a child

PT Report

Hunza, May 2: There is no end in sight for the difficulties of the residents of Gojal Valley, Upper Hunza. Women, children and senior citizens are forced to wade through the chilly cold river of the Hunza River to reach a boat stand in the Gojal Valley, close to where once stood a mighty bridge along the Karakuram Highway.

Increase in temperature and the resultant water surge has caused a path, between the remaining part of the KKH and where the boats are being anchored, to submerge in front of Shishkat Village.

As a result, the commuters have to walk in the river water for around 100 meters to be able to reach the boat hanger. A boat operator told Pamir Times that the water close to the remaining part of the KKH is shallow and the boats cannot be moved to where the vehicles bringing the commuters stop.

Thousands of commuters use the boats to move from Gojal to central Hunza
Thousands of commuters use the boats to move from Gojal to central Hunza
The boats are also being used by traders and tourists
The boats are also being used by traders and tourists
A dangerously tilted tractor moved through the uneven road which has now submerged in the river water
A dangerously tilted tractor moved through the uneven road which has now submerged in the river water
A woman holding some luggage wades through the chilly cold river water
A woman holding some luggage wades through the chilly cold river water
A man moves through the water holding a child
A man moves through the water holding a child
A local man carries a load through the river
A local man carries a load through the river
The boats cannot be moved closer to the remaining part of the KKH because the water is shallow in that area, said an operator of one of the boats
The boats cannot be moved closer to the remaining part of the KKH because the water is shallow in that area, said an operator of one of the boats
A temporary road constructed earlier last year has been submerged
A temporary road constructed earlier last year has been submerged
A temporary road constructed earlier last year has been submerged
A temporary road constructed earlier last year has been submerged
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