Sunday, September 1, 2013

Gilgit Baltistan: No dam allowed in the disputed region

SKARDU: The construction of mega dams in the disputed region of Gilgit-Baltistan is not easy and this fact is becoming more and more evident from the fate of the Diamer dam.
This was stated by Manzoor Hussain Parwana, the chairman of the Gilgit-Baltistan United Movement, while talking to the media persons. He said that after international monetary organizations and banks refused to provide funds to Pakistan for the construction of the Diamer dam, there was talk of launching 
the Bunji dam. He said the people of Rondu would not even allow Pakistan to build a small lake in the area let alone a mega dam. He said with the construction of the Bunji dam the historic town of Shingus would be eliminated for ever besides the precious stones of the area would submerge in water. Even the local residents would be deprived of grazing grounds in the area. Besides, there would be other environmental disasters compelling the indigenous people to migrate to other areas.
The GBUM leader said that without allaying the reservations of the people to be affected by the mega dam project, the government of Pakistan should not even think of launching work on the project otherwise strong resistance would be launched to stop the project. He said it was also a ploy to pitch 
the people of the area against each other by launching the controversial dam project. He said his party would continue its efforts to safeguard the interest of the area people and would resist any move to construct the dam in the area without safeguarding the rights of the people

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