Peshawar: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) tourism department has shared the progress status of the rehabilitation and construction of roads leading to tourist sites launched under the Integrated Tourism Development project, according to news published on April 15.
A review meeting was held by the KP tourism department to check the progress of rehabilitation and construction of 11 access roads underway in the Malakand division and 6 roads in the Hazara division. The meeting was attended by Chief Minister (CM) Mahmood Khan, Secretary Environment and Forestry Abid Majeed, Secretary Communications and Works Ijaz Ansari, Secretary Tourism Aamir Tareen, and other relevant senior officials. The meeting discussed several road projects including Integrated Tourism Development Project, Rural Roads Development Project, and Integrated Tourism Development Project.
As per the details, the meeting was notified that the work is underway on the access road to the Sheikh Badin tourist site in Dera Ismail Khan. The attendees were also informed that the financial opening of 22-kilometre Mankiyal road and 24-kilometre Thandiyani will be completed by the end of April. Moreover, the 34-kilometre Kalam to Mataltan and Mahodand roads have been included in the provincial road projects. It was disclosed that 65% of civil work has been completed on the Swabi-Mardan road, at the cost of PKR 4.4 billion. The attendees were informed that the project is expected to be complete by December.
Under the Provincial Roads Improvement Project, the construction and rehabilitation of 214-kilometre-long sections of 9 roads are near completion, at the cost of PKR 14.4 billion. The details of the roads include Haripur- Hattar Taxila Road, Sang e Mar eastern and western bypass roads, Maqsooda to Kohala road, Risalpur to Jehangira road, Shah Alam to Sardaryab road, Khairabad to Nizampur road, Aadina to Yar Hussain road, and Umerzai to Harichand road.
Furthermore, the attendees were informed that 1,337-kilometre district roads will be carried out along with the constriction of 62 bridges, under the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Rural Roads Development project. The CM Khan directed to complete the projects on time without compromising quality.