Peshawar: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister (CM) Mehmood Khan has directed the officials concerned to complete the construction process of the 80-kilometre-long Swat Motorway Phase-II project on an immediate basis, a news source reported. The CM gave these directives while presiding over a meeting held on Tuesday to review the project’s developmental progress.
The project’s 80-kilometre track is expected to connect Chakdara with Fatehpur and feature eight bridges and nine interchanges; which include Matta Khwazakhela Interchange, Sher Palam Interchange, Malam Jabba Interchange, Kanju Interchange, Mingora Interchange, Barikot Interchange, and Shamozai Interchange.
The construction of the four-lane motorway is expected to cost PKR 37 billion. If the road’s width is increased to make it have six lanes instead of four, an additional amount of PKR 20.5 billion will be required for acquiring the land. The communication route will connect far flung areas of the province, boost investment activity and promote tourism.
According to KP government’s estimates, the Swat Motorway Phase-II once will host 20,000 vehicles on a daily basis. This transit will be beneficial for the areas located along the routes of Ningolai, Parrai, Baidara, Farhatabad, Ghaskor, Shin, Baghderi, Kotani, Bazahkhel, Kalakot, Dadhara, and Manyar.