ISLAMABAD: July 20 (TNS): Much-awaited Lowari Tunnel Project will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today.
It was completed at a cost of about Rs27 billion. The tunnel is located on Nowshera-Mardan-Malakand-Chakdara-Chitral National Highway (N-45). 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.
The project includes construction of two tunnels, the major tunnel measuring 8.5km and another small tunnel, at a little distance from the main tunnel, measuring 1.9km.
A Korean construction company Sambu has constructed the tunnel. 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.
Work on the plan started in 2013 when the incumbent Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took over the government. Design of the project was changed a number of times. Construction of Lowari Tunnel had been a long-running demand of the people of Chitral.
Project will enhance economic growth through accelerated trade activity, generate employment opportunities for locals, promote tourism and reduce travel time for all kinds of traffic, spokesman of the National Highway Authority Kashif Zaman said.