Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif inaugurates
Lowari Tunnel Project
Chitral Times Report
Chitral: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif today
announced provision of suigas, and electricity projects to Dir
upper district, in order to end the era of darkness in this
backward and neglected district of KP.
Addressing a big public meeting after inaugurating historic Lawari
tunnel project, at the site of tunnel here, the Prime Minister
declared amid standing ovation that Dir district would be provided
all the projects to develop this neglected district on sound
footings. He told the crowd that today was his happiest day of life
when he (PM)
inaugurated the Lawari tunnel project, the foundation stone of
which was laid in 1974 only on papers by the then government.
“There is no doubt in it that today is one of happiest day of my
life”, he said adding PML-N was constructing new KP like New
Pakistan by initiating scores of development schemes in hydro
power, roads, communication, electricity etc.
The tunnel is located on Nowshera-Mardan-Malakand-Chakdara-Chitral
National Highway (N-45). Inauguration of the 8.5km long tunnel will
provide all weather connecting to Chitral with rest of the country.
Scope of the project includes construction of two tunnels (8.5 km
and 1.9 Km), access roads and 12 bridges (35 km).
Construction of Lowari Tunnel has been a long standing demand of
the people there. The project will enhance economic growth through
accelerated trade activity, generate employment opportunities for
the locals, promote tourism and reduce travel time for passengers
of Commercial traffic. The PC-I cost of the Lowari Tunnel project
is about Rs. 27 billion.