Swat: Malakand Division Commissioner Syed Zaheerul Islam on Sunday – during a meeting held at Saidu Shareef – said that the work on the 29.37-kilometre-long Dir Motorway will commence soon, according to news sources.
Reportedly, the Dir-Motorway project has been approved by the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC). According to the details shared, the project will consist of a four-lane dual highway stretching from Chakdara to the Rabat region. Three interchanges, three toll plazas, two tunnels, four overpasses, four flyovers, seven subways, two underpasses, four livestock passes, four culverts, and 24 bridges would also be included in the project layout.
The meeting was also updated by representatives of the Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Organisation on the solarisation of mosques. Under the initiative, so far 758 mosques have been solarised, with the remaining mosques set to be converted to renewable energy sources by April 2022. The attendees were also informed about the small hydropower projects underway in the Malakand region, where 195 projects are planned, of which 182 have been completed and the other 13 are in progress. Member Provincial Assembly Mian Sharafat Ali, Special Secretary to Chief Minister Mohammad Khaliq Kaka, Swat Deputy Commissioner Junaid Khan, and project directors from Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Organisation and Pakhtunkhwa Highways Authority attended the meeting.