Mass protest against non-construction of bridge
By Our Correspondent
GILGIT: The residents of Hatoon valley, situated across Ghizer River of Gahkuch, headquarters of Ghizer District, continued their protest after their demands of reconstruction of suspension bridge was not met. Reports reaching here said in an extreme weather condition the residents continued their protest and renewed their pledge to go on a strike for indefinite period in case immediate steps for reconstructions are not taken. The suspension bridge that was swept away two years back by flash floods cut off the valley and people have to go a long way to reach district head quarters. The dwellers resorted to protest after their repeated requests were not entertained by the concerned authorities and they faced great difficulties. Patients and elderly citizens are worst hit by delay in construction of this bridge which was swept in 2010 floods. The protestors in a telephonic call told this correspondent that the Governor, Chief Minister and Chief Secretary issued directives for reconstruction of this bridge which was mere eyewash as there are no serious efforts. The protest staged on the busiest point of the small town would further continue if authorities don’t come to give solid assurance of addressing problems, the protestors vowed.