Mansehra: The chairman of the Torghar district development advisory committee, MPA Laiq Mohammad Khan, laid the foundation stone for the second section of the Gawa-Morata Road on Sunday.

“With Rs. 500 million, the main artery connecting Torghar and the Oghi tehsil of Mansehra district would be completed,” he said at a ceremony in the Gawa region.

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He chastised parliamentarians for failing to start uplift projects in the area in the past, claiming that he had completed major projects in Khyber Pakhtukhwa’s most neglected district.

“Twelve kilometres of the 16-kilometer road have been finished, and the government has given the remaining Rs. 90 million for the project’s second phase,” he said.

The lawmaker said work on a central bridge to be built on the Indus River in Kotkay area at a cost of Rs.7 billion would shortly be inaugurated.

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“The government has approved the first-ever boys’ degree college in the district,” Mr. Khan said.

He said the department was planting saplings in mountainous parts of the district where landslides and soil erosion were taking place frequently. After the ceremony, the participants including ulema, volunteers and officials of the department planted around 300 saplings in the area.

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