Peshawar: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government has prepared a plan to construct a road between Malam Jabba and Shangla to improve access and encourage tourism in the scenic and remote region of the Swat and Shangla districts, according to news sources.
As per the government’s plan, the 7.2-kilometres-long road will be constructed within a year and the project is expected to have a development cost of PKR 800 million.
Labour Minister Shaukat Yousafzai on Saturday said that this venture would reduce the Swat-Shangla travel distance by 30 kilometers, and would facilitate people traveling to the country’s northern regions. In addition, he was of the view that this road project would also create employment and tourism-related business opportunities in the area.
Minister Yousafzai further expressed his gratitude for the KP government and revealed that Chief Minister Mahmood Khan had ordered a survey for a 10-kilometre link road project (between Shangla and the Bazaar Kot village) — with the venture estimated to be completed within the next few months.
Moreover, the minister said that he had already met with the officials of the KP Highways Authority in order to discuss the project in detail, and that a tender to initiate development for this purpose would be floated next month. He further announced that construction of the main Malam Jabba Road had almost been completed and that it was expected to boost tourism in Swat.