Peshawar: The KP Government has released funds of Rs 7 billion for the construction of the Swat Motorway phase 2 project. The Rs 38bn Public Private Partnership Project will be executed by construction firm ZKB. The 80 km long mega development project from Chakdara to Fatehpur is reported to be a milestone in the region for sustainable development. Out of the total cost Rs, 24bn would be spent by the construction company and the remaining Rs 14bn would be provided by the Provincial Government.
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As per details, The Rs 58 Billion Sawat Motorway Project Phase II will have nine interchanges and eight bridges. Phase-I of the mega project from Nowshera to Chakdara has already been inaugurated last year. Phase-I starts from Nowshera and passes through Swabi, Mardan and Malakand, Sawat District culminates at Chakdara in Lower Dir District. The road got opened for traffic in June 2019. The phase-I constructed by the FWO has reduced the traveling distance between Nowshera and Chakdara from three hours to one hour.
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It was also learned that eight bridges on Swat River would be constructed besides nine interchanges and four rest areas along the motorway. The link roads and highways where necessary would also be built. It is to be mentioned here that Swat Motorway would benefit directly the people of Swat, Upper, and Lower Dir, and Chatral besides providing easy access to market for the products of the entire region. The promotion of Infrastructure in the region will boost tourism and play a vital role in the promotion of economic activities in the region. The incumbent government of the provinces over the last few years has been successfully able to provide infrastructure facilities mainly to the people of the remote areas of the province.