Opening this Eid: Swat Expressway to reduce Islamabad-Swat travel distance to 3 hours
Opening this Eid, Swat Expressway will reduce the travel distance between Swat and Islamabad to merely three hours, easing lives of passengers.
To explore the maximum tourism potential of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including the seven districts of Malakand Division, the former PTI-led KP government took the decision to construct state-of-the-art 81 kilometres long Swat Expressway. The expressway will help explore the hidden potential of Swat, Chitral, Dir Upper, Dir Lower, Kohistan, Shangla, Buner, Mohmand and Bajaur districts through tourism.
Met World Bank Pres with KP CM & Ministers 4 KP infrastructure dev incl Swat Expressway, hydel projects, Chashma right bank uplift canal.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) February 9, 2016
The Swat Expressway starts from Karnal Sher Interchange in Swabi district on Peshawar-Islamabad Motorway and concludes at Chakdara in Dir Lower district after passing through 21 bridges and 1300 meters twin tunnels on the National Highway N-45. It has six interchanges on the way namely Chakdara, Palai, Katlang, Bakhshalay, Ismaila and Dobian.
Detailed Narrative Description of the Project:
”The construction of an 81 Km long four lanes Expressway in the remote area of KPK is expected to become a transformative step for the province, generating tremendous benefits for its people. It will be contributing to the development of the region.
The Motorway will connect Karnal Sher Khan interchange on (M-1) with Chakdara, tunnelling its way through the mountain at Palai & Ala Dhand areas. 2 Km of the rd fall in Distt Nowshera, 18 Km in Distt Swabi, 40 Km in Distt Mardan & 21 Km in Distt Malakand.
The total ROW of the expressway is 80 meters. Work is in full swing and initial 50 Km i.e from Karnal Sher Khan interchange on (M-1) to Katlang will be completed by July 2018 and remaining 31 Km will be complete by April 2019.” – FWO
Expressway to open this Eid:
After going through difficult and transitional phases, Swat Expressway is formally opening this eid and will reduce travel time to federal capital Islamabad from six hours to only three hours.
It will travel through districts of Nowshera, Swabi, Mardan, and Malakand and also the main villages spread across the four districts including Haryan, Gumbat, Daulat, Nazar, Ismaila, Baghicha Dheri, Garyala, Shahbaz Garhi, Bakshali, Jamal Garhi, Katlang, Alo, Palai, Zulam Kot, Allah Dand and Chakdara.
With being a big relief for travelers, the expressway is also expected to give a boost to tourism in the area and attract more people. It will also result in increased revenue generation. The groundbreaking of the project was done in 2016.
KP Chief Minister Mr. Pervaiz Khatak performed the foundation stone laying in August. The estimated cost of the expressway stands at about Rs 43 billion.
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