Monday, March 1, 2010
Bunji dam a bid to pit locals against each other
The bids to pit the people of Rondu, Bunji and Haramush against each other in the name of Bunji dam will be foiled.This was stated by chairman of the Gilgit-Baltistan United Movement, Manzoor Hussain Parwana in a press statement issued here after meeting a delegation of the Bonju dam action committee. He asked Wapda to stop the policy of double standard and provide employment to the youth of the region keeping in view the boundary disputes and geographical facts in view. Otherwise, he warned, that the construction of the dam would be stopped by force. He said according to government documents the area stretching to Brum stream belonged to Baltistan. The point where the Bonju dam was being constructed was located on the right side of the Indus River and belonged to Rondu while on the right side it was the property of Bunji.He said the Gilgit-Skardu road was located on the side of Rondu and the construction of the dam would badly affect the Rondu area. He said that to bypass the people of Rondu in the construction of the dam would be highly unjustified and intolerable.Mr Parwana also said that setting up of a checkpost by the Gilgit police for the security of the dam was beyond his comprehension. It shows that the district administration of Skardu was ignorant of its administrative limits. In other words, it can be said that the local administration was in know of the establishment of the checkpost.He said the local administration of Skardu should deploy the Skardu police in the checkpost and also seek reply from the Gilgit police for setting up the picket outside its jurisdiction. He said if the local administration did not take care of the issue, the people of the area would themselves protect their boundary.He assured the delegation that the affected people of Rondu would be fully supported in getting their grievances resolved.