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Trees pulled out by the excavator during construction of KKH in Gulmit, Photo: Zaheer Bari
Trees pulled out by the excavator during construction of KKH in Gulmit, Photo: Zaheer Bari

Construction of KKH in Gulmit causes environmental damage

By Zaheer Bari

Trees pulled out by the excavator during construction of KKH in Gulmit, Photo: Zaheer Bari

Trees pulled out by the excavator during construction of KKH in Gulmit, Photo: Zaheer Bari

Construction of the Karakoram Highway (KKH) in Gulmit has caused substantial environmental damage to forests as trees have been damaged by excavators and bulldozers.

The construction work started in Gulmit just a week ago and by now a majority of the trees have been completely pulled out and others severely damaged. Trees on the way of the highway were destined to be destroyed, but the excavators and bulldozers have even damaged and pulled out trees on both sides of the way.

KKH construction in Gulmit,

                                                                     Photo by Zaheer Bari

Large areas around the road construction site have been destroyed that has had not only adverse environmental impact, but also economic cost to the owners. The excavator and bulldozer operations have destroyed properties of the local people in the surrounding of the construction site.

Photo by Zaheer Bari

                                                                     Photo by Zaheer Bari

Moreover, the construction activities, being carried out by the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), have inflicted scare on the landscape and ecosystem besides introducing potential impacts of direct and indirect loss of habitat.

Photo by Zaheer Bari

                                                                     Photo by Zaheer Bari

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