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Old December 16th, 2005, 10:45 AM   #1
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KHYBER PAKHTUNKHWA | Lowari Tunnel Project | Infrastructure | U/C

Construction work on Lowari tunnel to start in 3 months time says President Musharraf
Peshawar, Pakistan | 10 Jun, 2003

President General Pervez Musharraf Tuesday declared in categorical terms that construction work on much debated Lowari tunnel would commence within coming three to four months time.

He made this announcement while addressing a gathering held to inaugurate Kohat Tunnel in Kohat. The President said, he would perform the ground breaking ceremony of the Lowari tunnel project and expressed optimism that it would be completed in four years time.

He hoped that like the Kohat tunnel project, Lowari tunnel would also be completed before its stipulated period with the cooperation and assistance of the Japanese government. The expertise and experience gathered by the engineers of National Highway Authority (NHA) in the execution of Kohat tunnel project, would be utilized in the construction of Lowari tunnel.

He told the gathering the government was aware of the importance of the communication infrastructure as it played a key role in the socio economic development, and poverty alleviation.

President Musharraf said, there was no dearth of funds for the execution of development projects, however, the development funds have to be used honestly and judiciously. "Spending Rs. 5 or 6 billion on project like Kohat tunnel carries no significance, the only thing which matter is sincerity and will to do", however, he opined if it were misused then it is a colossal waste of national resources.

"No matter, if you spent Rs.50 or 100 billion on development projects if it brings socio economic benefits to common man", President Musharraf told.

Massive urbanisation on national highway like N 5 (G.T road), President Musharraf said, was adversely affecting the fertile agriculture lands besides creating traffic hazards on the road. He said, the lopsided urbanisation alongside the highways is shrinking the precious agriculture lands. In order to rectify the situation, the President called for diversification to lessen congestion on the national highways.

Referring to a point raised by Governor NWFP in his address, the President directed NHA to look into possibility of construction of Khushal Garh Bridge on Pindi Kohat road. The President also mentioned about road projects in northern areas which including Gilgit Astore Chelum road, and Chilas Gilgit Chitral via Shandur. These projects would open up northern areas to the tourists. He was highly appreciative of the National Highway Authority in the development of communication infrastructure of the country.

He told the gathering that these projects would only yield benefit to the country, when Pakistan has harmonious relations with other countries. Pakistan, he said, could not survive in a vacuum and it has conducted itself smoothly in the present day global society.

In this regard, the President underscored the need for internal stability and a pragmatic approach in foreign relations, otherwise, he warned, all the efforts taken to divert the international trade through Pakistan would prove futile.
http://www.presidentofpakistan.gov.p...=2003&nMonth=6
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 01:51 AM   #2
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A view of northern site of Lowari tunnel as work on the project continues in 3 shifts in sub-zero condition. - Photo by Saifur Rehman Aziz



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Old January 3rd, 2008, 09:27 AM   #3
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 03:18 PM   #4
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this is a good project... how long is this tunnel....??
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 04:43 PM   #5
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any more info on it
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 07:26 PM   #6
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This is what i get from wiki

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"The Lowari Tunnel is an 8.6km (5.3 mi.) long road tunnel located in the NWFP province of Pakistan.

The planned tunnel, which will cut through the Lowari Pass, was originally conceived in the 1970s. Work on the tunnel originally began in 1974. However, then-president Zia-ul-Haq stopped construction due to political reasons. As of September 2005 the tunnel work has restarted. On July 8th 2006, President Pervez Musharraf officially inaugurated the Lowari Tunnel, the completion of which is expected in 2008.

The tunnel will reportedly reduce the current 14-hour drive from Chitral to Peshawar by half. Moreover, people of Chitral have to travel from Afghanistan and then enter back in Pakistan during the winter season as Lowari top is closed for any traffic for most part of the year. Chitral remains virtually inaccessible in the winter, the tunnel will also facilitate all-weather transportation. Some Chitrali natives are concerned about the impact the potentially increased tourism will have on the region.

A South Korean construction company, SAMBU has been assigned the work on the tunnel. It is expected to be completed sometime in the year 2008 at a cost of Rs.8 billion ($133 million US). Currently the work progress is being looked after by GM NHA, Mr. Salman Rashid. Salman Rashid is a retired Lt. Col. of Pakistan Army, he belonged to the corp of Engineers. He had been a part of various construction projects all over Pakistan."
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 07:31 PM   #7
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Moreover, people of Chitral have to travel from Afghanistan and then enter back in Pakistan during the winter season
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 07:34 PM   #8
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Thats good news. After the completion of this tunnel, they won't have to go Afghanistan.
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 08:08 PM   #9
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I am not sure that reducing the 14hr journey by half is a correct statement. I have travelled to chitral via the lowari pass and seen where the tunnel starts.

Its true that it will make chitral accessible all year round since it starts right before the sudden and steep ascend to the lowari pass(which is 10,000 ft and inaccessible during winter). It will also cut the journey time by road since you do not have to zigzag and climb the pass and descend but saying that it will cut the time by 7 hrs is an overstatement.

I took some pics of the tunnel(which are ofcourse older than this), I will if I can find them and post here.

Most of the reduction in travel time will be because they are also paving the road on both sides which will significantly reduce the travel time. Taking that into account, the 7hr reduction in time looks more appropriate but not just because of the tunnel.

But during the summer times, I guess lowari pass will still be an attraction as you zigzag your way to the top and then descend to this road-side hotel beside a river/stream.(thats where we had lunch).
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Interesting... need more pics and map of new tunnel please
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Old January 6th, 2008, 01:42 AM   #11
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Old January 6th, 2008, 12:50 PM   #12
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hope the project complete's before the winter 2008 so the people dont lose another year of hybernation from the rest of the country
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Old July 21st, 2008, 12:57 PM   #14
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Its assuring to see the workers wearing hard hats and reflector jackets
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Old July 22nd, 2008, 07:30 AM   #15
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cool... 7 kms completed out of total 8.6...

this will turn out to be a very usefull project..
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The guy on the 2nd left is wearing shalwar kamiz
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They are doing hard way.....

Why couldn't they use:



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Maybe coz they are EXPENSIVE!
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Maybe coz they are EXPENSIVE!
Possibly..

This drilling often used in Dubai and Iran.
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