Peshawar: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister (CM) Mahmood Khan on Monday (July 19) directed the concerned authorities to complete work on tourism road projects within stipulated time, media sources reported.
During the road project assessment meeting, CM Mahmood Khan underlined the need of early completion of these projects in order to encourage tourism in the province. Provincial Minister Ishtiaq Urmar, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Amjad Ali Khan, administrative secretaries, and other relevant authorities were present at the meeting.
The CM was briefed on the specifics of tourism road projects financed by the Annual Development Program (ADP). Work on various projects is said to be underway in all provinces, notably in the Hazara and Malakand divisions.
In Malakand Division, 11 distinct tourism roads are now being built at a cost of PKR 4.812 billion. Six highways are being built at a cost of PKR 4.6 billion to improve access to tourist attractions in Hazara Division.
In addition, a route to the ancient tourist destination of Sheikh Badin was being built. The project is expected to cost PKR 3 billion. The chief minister was also briefed about the restoration and upgrading of the Abbottabad-Thandiayani road, which is 24 kilometres long, and the Mankiyal-Bada Sarai route, which is 23 km. These initiatives will cost PKR 2.5 billion and PKR 3.4 billion, respectively.
Besides this, Chief Minister Mahmood Khan ordered the authorities concerned to float tenders for mature schemes so construction can be started on these projects.