ISLAMABAD: Taking notice of the closure of Lowari Tunnel, Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Thursday called a report from Secretary Communications, Chairman National Highway Authority (NHA) and Chief Secretary Khyber Pukhtunkhwa in five days, ChitralToday has learnt.
The notice was taken on an application of residents of Chitral that the tunnel had been completed but still remained shut for most of the time and opened for few hours that not only caused traffic jams but also created troubles for the commuters.
Work on Lowari Tunnel was initially started during the tenure of former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in Sept 1975 but one year later it was abandoned due to paucity of funds.
The project was consigned to cold storage till 2005 when the then president Pervez Musharraf restarted work on it. The work continued till 2009 but was again stopped due to funds shortage.
During the government of the PML-N, the work was resumed in 2014 and on July 2017 former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif inaugurated the tunnel.
However, still the miseries of the people of Chitral have not ended as they have to wait for hours on both sides of the tunnel before being allowed the passage.
As the authorities concerned did not take any steps to resolve the issue, the residents approached the chief justice of Pakistan. Justice Nisar is currently on a private visit to Chitral.