They denounced the decision of the National Highway Authority (NHA) to keep the under-construction Lowari tunnel closed for six days a week. They said the current situation had been created due to the negligence of the NHA, SAMBO and the company responsible for maintenance of the Lowari Top road.
According to reports, a two-year-old child, Rehan, belonging to the Sweer village, died of the severe cold while waiting for the opening of the tunnel.The protesters demanded registration of an FIR against the aforementioned organizations for humiliating the passengers and endangering their lives. They said even on Friday when the tunnel as supposed to be opened, the NHA and other departments could not arrange the sooth flow of vehicles due to which thousands of people, including omen, children and elderly persons, still remained stuck on both sides of the tunnel. The lives of the stranded passengers are in danger but the authorities concerned still remain unmoved to rescue the people. They said even though the tunnel was opened the approach road in the Chitra side was in a poor shape and after the snowfall its condition further deteriorated. As a result, all vehicles had to be pushed up one by one, resulting in the mess up. When this report was filed at 1:45pm, the protest was continuing at the Drosh bazaar.]]>