Aliabad, May 18: Assistant Commissioner of Hunza, Momin Jan, has said that verification of 445 lake affected households of Gojal Valley has been completed while a committee has been formed to expeditiously process the remaining. He said this while talking to media here. A large number of stranded commuters had gathered in front of the AC’s office to register their protest against delays in resolution of the issues of IDPs which has resulted in closure of boat service in the dammed Hunza River.
In the meanwhile, negotiations between the district administration and IDPs failed for the second consecutive day. The IDPs have demanded that a high profile government official should visit the region and distribute the 600,000 rupees cheques among all the 457 listed households in one go.
The Gojal Disaster Management Committee has, reportedly, met in Sost and demanded handing over of the spillway expansion project to the Chinese firm. According to information received here, the committee has expressed dissatisfaction over the progress of Frontier Works Organization, which has been working to widen spillway of the dammed river for the past 15 months.
According to eye-witnesses, the FWO has increased pace of expansion work at the spillway and they were seen working late into the night a couple of days back.
Suspension of the boat service has resulted in loss of tens of millions of rupees, apart from creating a lot of trouble for commuters who are stranded at both sides of the dammed river.
The protesters assembled at Shishkat and Gulmit have vowed to continue the strike indefinitely till all their demands were fulfilled.