Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan has directed the concerned authorities to expedite the progress on Dir Motorway project and termed it as a major initiative towards sustainable development of District Dir and adjacent areas.
He urged upon authorities to avoid delays in the implementation of the project adding that all pre-requisites, including the land acquisition process, be completed as per the stipulated timelines so that the civil work on the project can be initiated.
The Chief Minister issued these directives while chairing a progress review meeting held here at Chief Minister house Peshawar.
It is pertinent to mention here that 30 km long Dir motorway project would be constructed from Chakdara interchange, Malakand to Baroon, Dir Lower via Ramial and Och village. The project consists of 04 lanes (2 lanes each side) with 50 meters right of way and would also have 625-meter-long twin tube tunnel and 2 single tube tunnels with the total length of 6320 meters.
Regarding the overall progress on the project, the forum was informed that the commercial and financial feasibility study had been approved by PPP committee whereas financial evaluation, of the bid received, has also been completed. Similarly, land acquisition process has been initiated in coordination with district administration Lower Dir.
The Chief Minister said that the project will play an important role in development and prosperity of the region. It was the long-standing demand of people due to which the provincial government has decided to launch the project despite multiple challenges, he remarked.
The Chief Minister made it clear that the provincial government has made every possible effort to develop the backward areas of the province on sustainable basis. Despite financial difficulties, multiple projects have been launched for this purpose. The main objective is to bring about a positive change in the life of the people for which all available resources have been utilized in an effective manner.
The Chief Minister maintained that his government has not only taken visible steps to align the sectors of social services with contemporary needs, but has also spent billions of rupees on strengthening the revenue generating sectors with special focus on the road network.