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    December 14, 2016


Political parties and civil society demands to open Lowari tunnel for public transport

By Zahiruddin

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 short supply.

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 road.

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 Chitral.          

He said that he had already approached the relevant quarters in the government to apprise them of the sensitivity of the issue.



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