In December 2011, The Government will need to negotiate with the
Afghan authorities the possibility of opening Nawa pass
Arandu route through the Kunar Province for passengers and goods
bound from Peshawar to Chitral district. The route was abandoned in
2009 after temporary opening of the Lawari tunnel.
Since NHA has closed work on the
under-construction tunnel in the midway Sambu Company has removed
its heavy machinery from the site, the tunnel is now in the worst
condition. Maintenance has been abandoned the lighting and exhaust
systems of the tunnel have been damaged. The shingle road passing
through the tunnel is filled with water and rocks, it can no longer
be used by passengers and goods carrying vehicles. Therefore public
transport in the winter of 2011-12 will need to be diverted to
alternate route passing through the Kunar Province of Afghanistan.
The leadership of Chitral should up the case with the Government
well in time.
Bashir Hussain Azad.