:: Front Page

:: Your Letters

:: Articles

:: Weather Updates

:: Poetry

:: Chitral Info

:: Pictures

:: About Us








  January 06, 2017


All parties demands Lowari tunnel to be open for two days a week

By Zahiruddin

CHITRAL: The leaders of civil society including political parties in Chitral have demanded of the government to open the unfinished tunnel for the public transport twice a week as after the closure of the Lowari Pass road, there is no alternative root for the people of the district to travel to the other parts of the country.

In a meeting held here on Friday, the leaders Maulana Jamshed Ahmed (JI), Qari Wazi Ahmed Azad (JUI), Muhammad Hakim advocate (PPP), Saeed Ahmed Khan (PML-N), Muhyud Din (ANP), Hayatur Rahman (PTI), Sajjad Ahmed Khan (village nazims forum), Habib Khan (Tajjar Union), Mumtaz (Drivers union) expressed their deep anguish over the cold shoulder given by the federal government to the people of Chitral by disregarding their repeated demand regarding the tunnel.

Giving a deadline of six days to the government, they reiterated their demand of opening the tunnel for the public transport twice a week as presently the one day opening schedule has created tremendous problems for the residents.

They warned that the district will face virtual lock-down from 12th January if the demand is not accepted and complete shutter down and wheel jam strike will be started for indefinite period for which the civil society is united under one banner.

They regretted that the government has blatantly disregarded their demand for the last two months regarding the opening of the tunnel at least twice a week for the public transport and it was injustice with the people of Chitral to wait for a week to and from Chitral.

They said that the acute shortage of food items and items of daily consumption has already started in the district after the closure of Lowari top road due to the snowfall last week and the situation is drifting towards a worse position.

They said that hundreds of the passengers are those who have to travel to Peshawar for their treatment after being referred by the doctors and those who are going there for appearing in test and interviews for government jobs.

The Lowari tunnel (8.5 kms long) is scheduled to be completed by June next and due to the accelerated work on the site, the National Highway Authority, the executing agency of the project, is denying passage to the public transport fearing delay.



mail @ chitraltimes@gmail.com

| Front Page | Chitral | Advertisement | Weather | About Us | Bookmark Us |