Political parties and civil society demands to
open Lowari tunnel for public transport
CHITRAL: The political parties and civil society organizations
have reiterated their demand of opening the unfinished Lowari
tunnel for the public transport for two hours each on dawn and dusk
at time of change of shift as the Lowari top road is closed for
vehicular traffic due to snow and the district has been
disconnected from the rest of the country.
In the meeting held here on Tuesday under with district naib nazim
Maulana Abdul Shakoor in the chair, the district heads of various
political parties and civil society organizations, expressed their
utter anguish over the indifference of the government towards the
plight of the people Chitral.
They complained that after the closure of Lowari top road due to
the recent snowfall, the miseries of the people of Chitral have
started as there is no alternative route to travel to and from
Chitral except the tunnel but the government is adamant to allow it
to the public.
They said that with the passage of each day, the commodities of
daily consumption is running out in the absence of replenishment
and famine is looming large over the valley as the edibles are
The leaders said that if the opening of the tunnel for the public
is not possible, then the second option of opening the tunnel for
two days a week on Sundays and Wednesdays to enable the people
contact with the rest of the country.
The said that it was not wise on the part of the government to keep
more than half a million population of Chitral disconnected from
the rest of the country which may culminate in a human tragedy.
Meanwhile, the MNA from Chitral Shahzada Iftikharud Din has also
demanded of the government to open the tunnel for the general
public to allay their suffering after the closure of the Lowari top
Talking to the local media over telephone from Islamabad on
Tuesday, he said that he will take up the issue on the floor of the
house and any delay in it will create a horrendous situation in
He said that he had already approached the relevant quarters in the
government to apprise them of the sensitivity of the issue.