Peshawar: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has said that Lawari tunnel and Swat-Kalam road projects have a key role not only in providing communication facilities to the dweller of the areas but in providing sound footings to the economy of the province and promotion of tourism in the areas as well adding that the provincial government will not let the lack of resources to hamper the early completion of these projects.
He expressed these views during a briefing given to him by the high ups of National Highway Authority NHA regarding the ongoing developmental projects of the federal public sector development program PSDP in the province at his office.
These projects include Lawari Tunnel, Jhalkhand-Chilas road, Peshawar Northern by Pass, Khushal Ghar Bridge, Takhtbai fly over, Chamkani Interchange Alpuri-Bisham road, Chakdara bridge, Mansehra Chilas road etc.
Chairman NHA, Mr. Maroof Afzal and others briefed the Chief Minister about the progress so far made on these projects, position of funding and other related issues. The Chief Minister directed the NHA authorities to expedite work on these projects and assured that the provincial government will extend all possible support and cooperation to the NHA for the early completion of the projects.
He urged upon the authorities to utilize all the funds released for these projects before the financial close and to take necessary steps for the timely completion of the projects so that people could soon benefit from these projects and similarly the extra expenditures incurring due to price escalation could also be avoided.
The Chief Minister specially stressed the early completion of the Lawari tunnel and Kalam road because people of the areas were facing difficulties. He directed the concerned authorities to fens the under construction Peshawar Northern By Pass in order to make it safe.
He expressed his dissatisfaction over the low quality of work on the service road of motorway M1 and urged the NHA authorities to conduct an inquiry into the matter.
On this occasion it was suggested to the NHA authorities to work on an alternate road from Swabi to Malakand instead of constructing the proposed tunnel in the hills of Malakand as the alternate road is cost effective and it reduces the distance considerably.
It was told that the provincial government had already made the feasibility and PC1 of the said alternate road. Besides the high ups of NHA, the briefing was also attended by provincial minister for communication and works, Yousaf Ayub, Additional Chief Secretary Khalid Pervez, Secretary Planning & Development , Dr. Asad Ali and concerned quarters of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Highway Authority.