Chitral: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday inaugurated historical Lowari Tunnel in Chitral for traffic, and lashed out for demanding resignation every now and then particularly the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), while addressing a big public gathering.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif announced provision of suigas, and electricity projects to Dir upper district, in order to end the era of darkness in this backward and neglected district of KP.
“There is no doubt in it that today is one of happiest day of my life”, he said adding PML-N was constructing new KP like New Pakistan by initiating scores of development schemes in hydro power, roads, communication, electricity etc
“These projects have been undertaken by the PML-N. The people who rule here are not the ones doing this work,” he said, referring to the PTI’s provincial government.
“They said they wanted to make a ‘Naya Pakistan’. We encouraged them to make a ‘Naya Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP)’, but even that they have been unable to do. We are the ones building a ‘Naya KP’ He announced the setting up of a university for women in the area, which saw low turnout of women voters during the last election.
The Lowari tunnel is located on Nowshera-Mardan-Malakand-Chakdara-Chitral National Highway (N-45). It was completed at a cost of about Rs27 billion. Work on the plan started in 2013 when Prime Minister Sharif took over the government.
Inauguration of the main 8.5km-long tunnel and a secondary tunnel of 1.9km will provide all-weather connectivity to Chitral with the rest of the country.
There are two access roads of 35km length with an access road of 17km in reaching the main tunnel and an 18km access road from Chitral to the tunnel. There are also 12 bridges built on these roads.