Peshawar: According to news published on Thursday, the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) has planned to make tourist attractions easily accessible by connecting them with motorways and highways in order to benefit from the tourism potential of Hazara and Malakand and reduce the strain on popular locations (November 25).

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According to the specifics, Khawazakhela, Swat’s most scenic town, will be connected to Besham Shangla region via a freeway to make it more accessible to visitors and adventure seekers. According to reports, the government plans to build the Khawazakhela-Besham Motorway to help the region’s tourism, regional connectivity, and industrialization.

According to a Pakhtunkhwa Highway Authority official, the government has set up PKR 24 million for the project’s feasibility, design, and construction. According to reports, the Swat Motorway (M-16) will connect Khawazakhela and Besham, transforming the Malakand division into an economic, trade, and tourism centre.

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Moreover, a feasibility study and construction of 2.5-kilometre Chupryal Bypass Road in Swat will be constructed at an estimated cost of PKR 400 million, out of which PKR 20 million is allocated in the current fiscal year.  Similarly, construction work on several road projects is to be expedited, including:

  • Kandia Road in Upper Kohistan district, at an estimated cost of PKR 3.8 billion
  • Beer-Kalangit Road in Haripur district, at the total cost of PKR 1.2 billion
  • Construction of flyover at Kulader Chowk Charsadda costing PKR 1.05 billion
  • Dualization of Swabi Jehangira Road, worth PKR 3.6 billion

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