Gulmit – Shishkat Bridge to be re-linked by May 11
Hunza, January 15: The Frontier Works Organization (FWO) has said that depth of the dammed river’s spillway will be increased by 98 ft (30 meters) and its width will be increased by 247 ft (75 meters) by the of May. The spillway of dammed Hunza River has been blocked and the water level has started rising in the upstream areas.
“The water is likely to rise at the rate of 9 inches per day”, said Col Zafar and Col Akhtar of the FWO while briefing the media in Hunza. “The spillway will be opened if there is threat of more houses getting submerged” the FWO representative further said.
They also said that FWO has not yet received any additional funding from the government for carrying out the work. They also said that neither the Chinese government nor the National Highways Authority (NHA) has done any work on the spillway.
The FWO personnel further said that they will re-link the Gulmit-Shishkat bridge by May 11, 2011.