ISLAMABAD, Nov 6: After the Lowari tunnel was closed on the Chitralis due to heavy snowfall on Tuesday night, Ghulam Muhammad, the member provincial assembly from upper Chitral, demanded that the federal government should keep the under-construction tunnel open for vehicular traffic for three hours a day during the whole winter season.
In a statement issued here on Wednesday, the MPA said due to heavy snowfall Lowari top had been closed for vehicular traffic and hundreds of people were stranded on both sides of the tunnel.
He also said he would raise the issue in the provincial assembly in the next session and would call upon the federal government to direct the National Highway Authority (NHA) to keep the tunnel open for three hours a day in winter.
He said the people of Chitral are facing great hardships due to closure of Lowari pass and the opening of the tunnel is only way out to make their movement easy. He noted that the area is yet to receive the stock of grain and other edible items especially used during the winter season.