ISLAMABAD: National Highway Authority (NHA) has issued traffic passage schedule at Lowari Tunnel and its approach roads to avoid any untoward incident.
In order to ensure the safety of the commuters in heavy snowfall and subsequent sliding and slippery situation Lowari Tunnel will remain closed at night from 08:00 p.m to 06:00 a.m for all kinds of traffic, said a statement issued here today.
However, during day time the Tunnel will be opened to traffic from 06:00 a.m to 08:00 a.m, 09:00 a.m to 12:00 Noon, 02:00 p.m to 05 p.m and 06:00 p.m to 08:00 p.m. No vehicle either passenger or goods shall be allowed during the passage of Fuel Tankers, the Speed limit of 40 Km per hour will be observed strictly.
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.
‘Snow covered Swat valley’ becomes hub of attraction for tourists
ISLAMABAD: Heavy snowfall in Swat Valley continuously attracting a large number of tourists from across the country to enjoy the snow-clad mountainous.
For the nature lovers tourists from Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar and other parts of the country have started visiting Kalam, Utror, Gabral, Matiltan, Mahodand and other areas of Swat to enjoy the natural beauty of snow-dressed mountains, slopes and lakes.
According to a TV channel, Tourists had been enjoying the white landscape with lovely scenes of nature.
Hira Khalid, a tourist from Karachi, said that her family planned to visit Kalam when she came to know through forecast that Swat would receive snowfall.
She said it like a heaven on earth we are enjoying this beautiful valley of Swat with hot tempting local foods.
All restaurants were packed with tourists and the demand of woollies also goes up, as mercury falls below the freezing point, said a local Javed Abbas.
,”I was delighted to see snowfall as I had never seen snowfall before in my life, said a tourists from Lahore.
“We have enjoyed a lot, throwing ice balls to our friends. Swat is a beautiful place and we are happy to be here,” said another visitor in Malam Jabba.
A tourist Hassan Shoaib said this site was so splendid and attractive that they wanted to visit the area again and again.
Muhammad Kashif with his Family while enjoying snow said , “I am inviting everyone to come and experience the beautiful snowfall and the snow-clad valley.
Malam Jabba and Kalam valleys, the most scenic hilly resorts of Swat district, have witnessed massive influx of tourists said a visitor Sami Usman.
“The eye-catching landscape of Malam Jabba was beyond everything as tourists could go to the mountain peaks, watch lush green pastures and travel inside the forests through a controlled ride on chairlift that was full of fun and enjoyment,” said Zaib Zeeshan.
He said if road condition from Mingora to Malam Jabba will improve then more tourists will come easily to enjoy snowfall .
Tourist Waqas from Multan city said that they enjoyed the snow-white mountains and riding in the cable car in Malam Jabba.
He added that Swat is a major tourist attraction and it was encouraging to see local investors pouring money into the tourism industry.
Couple, three kids critical injured in Peshawar house fire
PESHAWAR: Five members of a family were critically injured when a fire erupted at their house due to gas leakage in Peshawar near Karimo Kababi Lotiya on Thursday morning.
According to details, a couple and their three children suffered burn injuries when a fire broke out in their house , the rescue teams said.
At around 8 a.m on Thursday morning, the women without realizing that the room was filled with gas, lit a matchstick to turn on the heaters, the room exploded with a blast and set the house ablaze.
Heavy police contingents and officials of the Rescue 1122, fire brigade and ambulances rushed to the site and all injured persons were shifted to nearby hospital, rescue officials added.
Franco-Pak Agreement not to affect the cost of BRT
PESHAWAR: Peshawar Development Authority has clarified that the agreement reached between KP Govt. & France would not affect the cost of Bus Rapid Transit Project.
A spokesman for PDA said that according to reviewed PC I of BRT total estimate of the project was 66 billion rupees and Asian Development Bank (ADB), France Development Agency (FDA) and KP government is providing the amount.
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