Peshawar: According to press reports, the district government has ordered the National Highway Authority (NHA) to resume building on the remaining 32 kilometers of the Peshawar Northern Bypass project. Due to land acquisition challenges in phases 2 and 3 of the project, the PKR 22 billion project has been delayed.

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The road connects M-I Motorway at Chamkani with Takhta Baig check-post of Jamrud tehsil, in Khyber tribal area, and was scheduled to be constructed in three phases, according to Project Concept-1 (PC-1). Following the completion of the first phase in 2015, the project met a snag due to land acquisition concerns.

Dr Ehteshamul Haq, Assistant Commissioner (AC) Peshawar, said that land for phases 2 and 3 of the new settlement has been arranged with the help of locals of Charpariza, Khapa, Daag, Kaniza, Patwar Payan, Regi Bedizai, Shahi Bala, and Regi Lalma.

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Furthermore, AC Haq stated that the district administration collector has saved the exchequer PKR 160 million through the process. The project’s contractor, NHA, will soon begin work on the remaining 12-kilometer section of phase 2 as well as the 13-kilometer piece of phases 3-A and B.

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