March 23, 2020
CHITRAL: Lowari tunnel will be closed at 7pm today (March 23rd) till further orders. However, supply of food and medicines will continue. It was decided in a meeting held in DC office Chitral which was attended by MNA Moulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali, MPA Moulana Hidayatur Rehman, DPO Wasim Riyaz, ADC Hayat Shah and Major Usman of Chitral Scouts. The meeting discussed current scenario and reviewed the steps taken by concern quarters.
After the meeting DPO Wasim Riyaz and Major Usman inspected Chitral Bazar to ensure compliance of governments directives.
Three days ago, the administration announced to shut the tunnel for public transport vehicles but the decision caused trouble to hundreds of people as they remained stranded at the tunnel.
After over four hours, the tunnel was opened. The arrival of people in Chitral continued and the administration then announced that the tunnel will remain open from 9am to 7pm daily.
In order to avoid the spread of the virus through those coming from other cities, the administration today decided to close the tunnel till further notice.
While a lockdown was observed in major towns such as Chitral, Drosh and Booni, life remained normal in other areas with shops open.