CM to perform groundbreaking of Swat Motorway Phase-II next week

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Directs concerned quarters to expedite progress on Dir Motorway project

Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan has decided to perform groundbreaking of another mega project of Malakand Division, Swat Motorway Phase-II next week and directed the authorities concerned to finalize all the necessary prerequisites and arrangements for launching physical work on the project.

He also directed the concerned quarters to expedite the progress on Dir Motorway project as well and quickly process the PC 1 for acquisition of land for the said project so that physical work on the project could be initiated without any delay.

He issued these directives while chairing a meeting of Pakhtunkhwa Highways Authority here on Monday. Member of Provincial Assembly Akbar Ayub Khan, Additional Chief Secretary Shahab Ali Shah, Secretary Finance Ikram Ullah Khan, Secretary Communications and Works Ijaz Ansari, Special Secretaries to Chief Minister Masood Younas and Muhammad Khaliq, Managing Director Pakhtunkhwa Highways Authority and other senior officials attended the meeting.

The meeting reviewed in detail the overall progress on different road sector projects including Swat Motorway Phase II and Dir Motorway. Briefing the meeting about progress on Swat Motorway Phase 2, it was informed that 88 km long motorway from Chakdara to Fatehpur would be constructed at a total cost of Rs. 58 billion adding that concessionaire agreement had been signed for the execution of the project while Rs. 6.7 billion were released for the acquisition of land for the project. Moreover, section 4 had been imposed for the acquisition of 70 kms of land for the project.

Elaborating the salient features of Swat Motorway Phase II, it was told that initially this motorway will consist of four lanes extendable to six lanes in future. As many as nine interchanges would be constructed on this motorway including Chakdara Interchange, Shamozai Interchange, Barikot Interchange, Mingora Interchange, Kanju Interchange, Malam Jabba-University of Swat Interchange, Sher Palam Interchange, Matta Khawazakhela Interchange and Madin-Fatehpur Interchange. Some eight bridges would be constructed on the Swat River. Construction of four rest areas at different locations is also part of the project while link highways would also be constructed on need basis.

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