Fixing the damage: Prime Minister to visit flood-affected areas in Gilgit-Baltistan

Chief minister says those who suffered losses will be compensated as per market rates


Shabbir Mir July 28, 2015
A man helps G-B Assembly Deputy Speaker Jafarullah as he wades through floodwater in Gilgit. PHOTO COURTESY: QASIM SHAH

GILGIT: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will visit the flood-affected areas of Gilgit-Baltistan to show solidarity with the affected population, G-B Chief Minister Hafeezur Rahman told The Express Tribune on Tuesday.

“The prime minister is aware of the colossal losses caused by the floods and will visit the affected areas on July 31,” Rahman said. “Those affected by floods will be compensated by the government.”

The chief minister added PM Nawaz has already asked him to provide a detailed report of the damage caused by the floods.

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Collateral damage

Earlier on Tuesday, officials of the CM Secretariat said affected families have been shifted to relief camps.



According to a handout issued on Tuesday, appropriate measures have also been taken to provide basic necessities, including medicines, to the affected population till they are rehabilitated.

“The government will not leave them alone during these trying times,” the handout quoted the chief minister as saying.

Crisis management

Recent floods in G-B have reportedly damaged 42 hydel power stations across the region and resulted in a power breakdown that has affected various parts of the region.

“Baltistan is among the worst-hit areas where 26 powerhouses were damaged,” an official told The Express Tribune. “At least nine power houses in Gilgit have been damaged while seven others have been affected in Diamer.”

Gilgit DC Captain (retd) Rizwan said efforts are being made to deal with the power crisis and the situation will be brought under control.

“The power houses will be functional and electricity will be restored,” he told The Express Tribune.

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Moreover, the road leading towards a hydel power project from Naltar Payeen has also been damaged by landslides and floods. A deputy commissioner told The Express Tribune three kilometres of the road need to be reconstructed and machinery for the purpose is on the site.

Road to progress

The regional government has released Rs809 million to the works department to complete development projects which were left incomplete by the previous government.

“This is an attempt to implement the agenda set by the new government and achieve targets set for the first 100 days of its rule,” said an official of the G-B Assembly.

According to insiders, the amount has been released in lump sum and deviates from the previous government’s policy of releasing funds in bits and pieces.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 29th, 2015.

 

COMMENTS (1)

Helga Ahmad | 6 years ago | Reply Massive and illegal deforestation has been has been of deep concern to environmentalists since many years. Gone is the heavy forest cover of Tangier, Darel and Chilas and least concern has been shown by the Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and varied local Governments of G-B. The hidden dangers this now denuded mountainous terrain holds have many times been shared, as not only are the common people of the area affected, but the whole of the vast expanse of the canal irrigated. All that mud which rolls down these slopes lands in the Tarbela Reservoir. For years WAPDA has repeatedly engaged consultants on this issue, but NOTHING. Islam too emphases the importance of planting trees, but are our religious leaders ever questioning these wrong doings? Therefore should the Primeminister not ensure, that he Timber Mafia, who infested their wealth down country, should be made responsible to coverf the cost of all the damage caused by these floods?
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