Work on Lowari Tunnel located on Nowshera-Dir- Chitral Road is going on and the project, worth Rs 18 billion, will be completed in three years. A National Highway Authority (NHA) official informed media officials on Wednesday that the delay in the construction work was due to 2011 floods and the disputes over payment between the Korean construction company SAMBU and the NHA.
He said that when the Lowari Tunnel project began in 2005 it was planned to be constructed in two phases. The project could not be completed in October 2008 as planned. In October 2009, the then government decided to change its design from a rail tunnel to a road one. Work on the project was discontinued again in June 2011, primarily due to financial constraints.
There was an allocation of Rs164 million under the 2010-11 PSDP but most of the funds had not been released.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 18th, 2013.
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