be kept open 24/7 demands tunnel committee
Chitral --An extraordinary meeting of the Lowari Tunnel
completion committee was held at the Press club with
Moulana Sher Aziz convener
of the committee in the chair, Heads / reps of
political parties, NGOs, social organisations and civil
society members attended the meeting. Speakers
unanimously demanded immediate and round the clock
opening of the tunnel both ways without making it one
way unnecessarily. Wg Cdr (r) Fardad Ali Shah said
that last year the management of travel through the
tunnel was pathetic and this year positive improvement
should be seen.
He said there should be no discrimination between the
resourceful and the helpless in allowing usage of the
tunnel and no discretionary powers should be allowed to
the NHA people in this regard..
Speakers lamented closure of the tunnel during this
summers when no work was going inside. Mohyuddin Gen
Secy Terichmir transport union said additional 25 litrs of fuel per vehicle was burnt due to climbing the
lowari pass because of closure of the tunnel.
Daily 500 vehicles travel the route which means millions
of dollars in imported fuel have been wasted due to
unnecessary closure of the tunnel when no work was going
on inside he lamented. It was demanded that an
investigation be held into this infliction on the
Muzaffar Ali Jan District president ANP thanked the
chief minister and demanded 24 hours opening of the
lowari tunnel instead of few hours as was done last
year.. Saeed Ahmad Khan president PML(Q) also demanded
24 hours uninterupted two way traffic flow through the
tunnel. Niaz A Niazi Advocate president Human rights
management at the tunnel needs improvement and
passengers should not be tortured unnecessarily.
Moulana Abdul Sami of JUI supported the recommendation
to keep the tunnel open 24 hours with immediate effect.
It was demanded that outstanding dues be paid to the
concerned company so that remaining construction work
can resume but more importantly that the tunnel is there
maybe in a crude form and is usable so it should be put
to full use until the funds are made available and the
finishing cosmetic work resumes inside.
--CN report , 08 Dec 2010
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