SOP for using Lowari tunnel in winter season issued
CHITRAL: The standard operating procedures (SOPs) for using
the unfinished Lowari tunnel by the general public after the
closure of Lowari top road due to the snowfall in winter season
have been issued as per which the tunnel will be opened on Fridays
for twelve hours.
According to the notification circulated by Deputy Commissioner
Chitral referring to the meeting held in the office of commissioner
of Malakand Division, a number of measures are being taken to
minimize the suffering of the passengers while passing traveling
through the tunnel.
The security duty will performed by Pak Army Division Swat assisted
by local police and check posts will be established on both sides
of the tunnel.
Only mini-trucks carrying essential items of daily use will be
allowed to pass through the tunnel while the negative list contains
general trade items, timber, marble and minerals, ramshackle
vehicles and explosives.
The mini-trucks will be allowed only in a convoy of 20 to ensure
smooth flow of the vehicular traffic carrying the passengers while
the trucks will be parked at a distant place on both sides of the
Ambulance vehicles will be at stand-by position on both sides while
heavy machinery will be made available for break down recovery of
the vehicles inside the tunnel.