Political parties head rejects Lowari tunnel schedule
CHITRAL; The heads of political parties and various civil
society organizations have rejected the schedule of opening the
unfinished Lowari tunnel for the public transport during the winter
season and demanded that it should be opened on daily basis instead
of 12 hours in a week.
In the all political parties meeting held here on Saturday convened
by the district government chaired by district nazim Maghfirat
Shah, the participants expressed their grave concern over the
schedule as per which the tunnel will be opened for the public on
Fridays for the public only for 12 hours.
They said that more than half a million population of Chitral will
remain confined within the district as there was no land route
except the tunnel to connect the district with the rest of the
world as the routes leading to it received many yards snow and
They also criticized the National Highway Authority for ignoring
the elected representatives of the district including the members
of national and provincial assembly and the district nazim while
deciding the schedule for opening of the tunnel.
They feared acute shortage of the commodities of daily use
including edibles and abnormal rise in the prices if the schedule
is not replaced by a rationalized one which is two hours at dawn
and dusk when the work is stopped for change of shifts.
They contended that there is no work for two hours at morning and
evening times when the workers and engineers left the site at the
end of their shift and the workers of the next shift proceeded.
They appealed to the prime minister to take cognizance of the
pathetic condition of the people of Chitral on compassionate
grounds and order for opening of the tunnel on daily basis so that
they could travel to and from the district in connection with their
urgent pieces of work.
The participants said that an ordinary man in Chitral travels to
the other part of the country when only in unusual and unavoidable
circumstances which included treatment of patients referred to the
tertiary hospitals, attending courts, study in the universities and
colleges, attending tests and interviews for jobs in government
They stressed that opening of the tunnel on daily basis for two
hours will solve the problem of the inhabitants of Chitral without
impeding the pace of work even for a hour but the NHA is adamant to
yield to their demand based on justice and reason.
They said that the people of all political parties and civil
society will rise to protest if the schedule was not changed as per
The meeting was attended by Said Ahmed Khan (PML-N), Maulana
Jamshed Ahmed (JI), Maulana Abdul Shakoor (JUI), Shah Murad Baig
(PPP), Abdul Latif (PTI), Maulana Latif Khan (ANP), Muhammad Wali
Shah (APML), Ghulam Hazrat Inqilabi advocate (District bar), Haji
Sharifullah (Drivers Union) and others.