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    November 03, 2016



SOP for using Lowari tunnel in winter season issued

By Zahiruddin

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 tunnel.

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.



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