ISLAMABAD, (Pakistan Point News - 24th August, 2016) : National Highway Authority (NHA) has expedited efforts to complete Lowari tunnel by June 2017. According to an official source in Communication Ministry, the prime minister had directed for early completion of the project which would greatly facilitate people of the area. Thus, the official added extra efforts were being made to complete the remaining works by June, 2017. He said work had been completed on excavation and widening of 8.
5 Km (Main Tunnel) and excavation of 1.9 Km Tunnel (Short Tunnel), concrete lining of 3.7 Km out of 8.5 Km in main Tunnel, concrete lining of 1.9 Km Tunnel in full length in short tunnel, intermediate ceiling of 2.2 Km out of 6.0 Km in main tunnel, cable trench in 1.9 Km Tunnel in full length of short tunnel. The road pavement was under process in short tunnel and Girder Launching of Bridge No. 1 & 4 had been achieved, deck slabs of Bridge No.
1 had been casted and pilling work on Bridge No. 2 & 3 were in progress, he added. He also revealed the NHA had started the construction of Hazara Motorway from HassanabdalHavelian with a total length of 59.1 Km. The project being controlled access 23 therefore, Toll Plazas will be at entrance/exits on interchanges of project provided at different locations. There will be five Interchanges on the Motorway. (b) Land Acquisition proceedings have been completed.
Total affected villages are 44 wherein six fall in Punjab Province and 38 villages are in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa. He said land has been acquired on rate received from concerned Revenue Department and work on initial two sections of project i.e. Package-I which starts from Burhan and ends up at Jarikas (Km 0 + 000 to Km 20 + 400) and Package-II which starts from Jarikas and ends up at Sarai Saleh (Km 20 + 400 to Km 39 + 611) are in full swing. He said these two sections shall be operationalized by 30th September, 2017. Whereas, the contract for construction of Package- III i.e. Sarai SalehHavelian (Km 39 + 611 - Km 59 + 100) has recently been awarded and the contractor has mobilized at site. This section will be completed by December, 2017.