Snow Removing Operation at Lowari Tunnel in progress

Pix02-01 CHITRAL: Dec02 – A view of northern site of Lwari Rail tunnel where the construction work is underway under extreme cold conditions. ONLINE PHOTO

Our Correspondent
Heavy snowfall and extreme weather conditions at Lowari Tunnel and around has severely affected the flow of traffic there. In order to ensure traffic movement snow removing operation is in progress. This is stated in a Press Release issued by the National Highway Authority.
During day time the Tunnel will be opened to traffic from 06:00 AM to 08:00 AM, 09:00 AM to 12:00 Noon, 02:00 PM to 05 PM and 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM. However, in order to ensure safety of the commuters in heavy snowfall and subsequent sliding and slippery situation Lowari Tunnel will remain closed at night from 08:00 PM to 06:00 AM for all kinds of traffic. Speed limit of 40 Km per hour will be observed strictly.
No vehicle either passenger or goods shall be allowed during the passage of Fuel Tankers. Chief Operating Officer (Lowari Tunnel) is authorized to close the tunnel in case of accumulation of smoke or any other emergency.
However, ambulance and vehicles carrying patients or dead bodies, vehicles of Law Enforcing Agencies, Police, National Highway Authority and National Highway & Motorway Police may be allowed during closure timings.