Islamabad: The National Highway Authority (NHA) Board has recommended Project Concept-1 (PC-1) for the Mansehra-Muzaffarabad Link Road project for the approval of the Central Development Working Party (CDWP), news sources reported on April 28.
The 26-kilometre-long project, worth PKR 44.72 billion, is part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). After the approval from CDWP, the project will be sent to the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) for final approval. The proposed project will be constructed as per the design proposed by NHA in 2013. Sardar Mohammad Yusuf, a Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) assembly member, stated at a gathering that the project would benefit the local economy by increasing tourism in the region.
He further stated that if the Mansehra-Muzaffarabad Motorway is linked with the Hazara Motorway through Pano Dehri and Gujjar Galli, it will pass through verdant alpine forests, providing a scenic journey for tourists. He stated that this would also bring tourists to the Kaghan valley and other parts of the Hazara division and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).