By Mirbaz Khan
Several projects intended for public welfare in Gojal Valley, Upper Hunza, have seemingly been dumped by government authorities and contractors.
The projects left incomplete include a link road, office building of the Union Council, a Vocational Center building and construction of water supply system in village Gulmit besides several other projects across several villages of the valley. The projects are idle from the last 4 years.
It is pertinent to mention here that while the Chief Secretary of Gilgit-Baltistan, Mr. Yunus Dhaga, was on a visit to the region to attend the Silk Route Festival 2013 in October, the relevant authorities activated work on the projects in apparent fear that Mr. Dhaga may visit the project sites for inspection or the locals may take up the issue with him. Unfortunately, the works were again ditched as soon as the chief secretary left the region.
Govt. Girls Hostel Gulmit was one of the projects announced by the Chief Minister of GB, Mr. Mehdi Shah, in 2010 during his visit to the area. This was followed by several visits of engineers of the GB Works Department. Site for the hostel was also selected, but to date nothing concrete has come up in construction of the hostel.
People of the Gojal have demanded that higher authorities in the government take notice of the incomplete projects across the valley and launch punitive measures against those involved in holdup of the projects.