CPEC brings environmental disasters to Gilgit- Baltistan

Updated:11 months ago IST

Gilgit (PoK), Nov 21 (ANI): Gilgit-Baltistan is home to some of the world's highest mountain ranges. But, the region is losing its luster and brilliance owing to the constant human interference.The multi-billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which is touted as one of the biggest game changers, has not only crippled the flora and fauna of the region but has proven detrimental to the life of humans too.The locals fear the construction and movement of traffic in the mountainous region will severely impact its natural beauty.The exploitation of resources in the region has adversely affected the mountains and the rivers of the region.Locals say that federal and the provincial government are hand in glove with each other in deteriorating the environment.The people in Gilgit Baltistan are worried that vehicular movement will cause many diseases and it will also change the weather dynamics of the region. Gilgit-Baltistan is a part of the erstwhile princely state of Jammu and Kashmir and is under the occupation of Pakistan since 1947 and ever since then Pakistan has been misruling the region.The China Pakistan Economic Corridor traverses through this region which has a special constitutional status in Pakistan and deserves to enjoy some extraordinary rights.However, on the contrary, people of the region have only witnessed their rights getting suppressed, a second class citizen treatment and now health hazards in the name of development.

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