Lowari project to be completed by December

Amir Muqam says PM Nawaz has taken keen interest in  construction

Our Correspondent July 11, 2016
Adviser to Prime Minister Ameer Muqam addressing the inauguration ceremony. PHOTO: NNI

CHITRAL: Construction work on Lowari Tunnel will be completed by December instead of  March 2017.

This was announced by Adviser to Prime Minister Amir Muqam. According to a press release issued on Sunday, Muqam was addressing the media and a gathering of elders during his visit to Chitral.

He said the project will be finished at any cost by this timeline after orders were issued by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. He said construction work on Lowari Tunnel will be completed at a cost of Rs27 billion.

“It will bring a [revolutionary change] to the lives of Chitral’s residents,” the document cited Muqam as saying.

According to the adviser, Nawaz was taking a keen interest in the tunnel irrespective of any political affiliations.

He added the roads connecting Chitral with Chakdara and Gilgit will be constructed in a standardised manner and would be open for tourists from around the world.

“Similarly, work will also continue to assess the feasibility of linking Chitral via Afghanistan with Central Asia and Tajikistan,” Muqam said.

Before this, the adviser was briefed by National Highway Authority (NHA) officials on the construction process of the Lowari Tunnel. Muqam examined the entire project and expressed his satisfaction over the speed and quality of construction.

He lauded NHA Chairperson Shahid Ashraf Tarar for ensuring the timely completion of projects of national interest.


Published in The Express Tribune, July 11th, 2016.


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