Devastating condition of Lowari tunnel
Through the esteem daily Chitral times I want to draw the attention
of authorities for a most urgent and a critical national issue.
I want to draw the devastating condition of Lawari tunnel where the
breathing to sustain human life has become a high risk to all types
of passengers’ happened to be the passenger traveling from Dir to
‘chitral on 18th .More than 200 stranded light vehicles and 100
truck were allowed to pass from Chitral to Dir first starting form
11 am and ending at 4.20 pm. Ironically the environment inside the
tunnel was so critically harassing and suffocating due to smoke
from the exhaust of the pure smoke throwing vehicles specially from
trucks and other heavy traffic. There were no lights, no exhaust,
no indicators and the road was so jumpy and bumpy that I can't
explain the situation. In the land cruiser owned by a Diruchi
driver had many ladies sitting inside and they started crying and
reciting holy Quran. The poor people were breathing the pure smoke
and the tunnel oxygen concentration was hardly 2% which normally
should be 21% in room air.
As a medical doctor I would like to request the authorities to
please look into this serious national matter and do justice with
people. I can say with high level of confidence that People
suffering from heart and lungs ailment will definitely suffer and
serious damage they can have to their health.
Secondly the security checking of such huge number of vehicle is
almost impossible thus exposing the lives of thousands of human and
the most precious tunnel at high level risk.
I would like to suggest the following
That the tunnel must be opened round the clock as to minimize the
risk of exposure to a very dense smoke and a critical level of
security threat as well.
That construction work can be started when the top is cleared off
the snow and the traffic is diverted.
The chitrali nation as their tradition must be resilient in
decisions like these to minimize the harm.
NHA is requested to please manage the tunnel scientifically.
Dr. A Karim
Aga Khan Hospital Booni