In The Name of ALLAH The Almighty
Precious lands at the risk of being swept away
The inhabitants of Upper Chitral have said their agricultural lands
and houses are at the risk of being swept away by the Yarkhun River
but the government is doing nothing to help them. They expressed
their anger over the situation in a meeting at Reshun.
They said two residents of Reshun
became homeless in 2010 due to a glacier burst in Gohkeer which
blocked the river for several hours and then completely swept their
lands. The senior residents said it should not be forgotten by the
local authorities that Reshun plays an important role in generating
revenue to the government through its power station as well as to
the employees, adding it is also providing water to its adjacent
villages like Greenlasht, Showgram and Zait for both irrigating and
drinking purposes. They also said that we get seven to 10 bags of
wheat every year from an acre so some real step need to be taken.
The residents said the following hamlets were at the risk of being
wiped out. Besides, residents said no step has been taken to
mitigate the sufferings or compensates these beleaguered families
and aids given by some of the NGOs were not distributed to the
actual deprived. Some families became entirely homeless in Muli
Junalikoch and their houses beams are still in the open air.
The river is getting closer to the
populous area in Mastuj, Chinar by cutting their lands and is a few
metres from their homes. Our leaders should realize the value of
human lives. The house of knowledge, I mean the Government College
for Women Junalikoch, also stands alongside the River Yarkhun.
People of the area said that this was the senselessness of the
authorities concerned to build such a costly building beside the
river and one side of the wall was smashed by the mighty river
tides two years back.
The residents also complained that our
elected leaders always focusing on some particular areas and it is
excruciating to pay no attention on other villages such as Chinar,
Sarghuz, Awi, Junalikoch, Bumbagh, Reshun and Green Lasht etc,
which are ready to be sweep. Only coming to survey by some of the
geologists and other organizations are not enough according to the
people of the area.
It is ill-fated that concerned
authorities have not taken any kind of step yet. Kindly, save these
precious soils through proper tactics and build strong water
returning walls alongside the badly exaggerated areas before the
torrential rainy season starts.
Munir Hussyn Fatimi