GILGIT (ET): GB Assembly unanimously passed a resolution demanding the Gilgit-Chitral Road be renamed and upgraded.
The resolution demanded renaming the Gilgit-Chitral Road as ‘Hindukush Highway,’ which connects G-B’s Ghizer valley with Chitral in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa via the Shandur Pass.
“The thorough fare is very crucial for the local economy, particularly when the Karakoram Highway (KKH) is closed,” Ayub Shah, a lawmaker from Ghizer valley, read from the text of the resolution during the session. The 300-kilometer road remains blocked during the winter due to snow.
Shandur is halfway between G-B and Chitral and is famous for the Shandur Polo festival that takes place every year. “Passengers get stuck in G-B when the KKH is closed for whatever reason,” said Shah, referring to the KKH’s recent suspension due to security concerns following the Rawalpindi riots which claimed 13 lives. KKH remained inaccessible to commuters for two weeks, leaving thousands of people stranded in G-B.
The resolution also urged the task to upgrade and make the road suitable for all weather conditions should be assigned to the National Highway Authority (NHA).