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CM: Govt to construct Swat-Motorway Phase-II on BoT basis

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: A meeting of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) committee on Swat Motorway Phase-II held here with the Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan in the chair at Chief Minister House Peshawar the other day.

The meeting agreed in principal to the proposed financial models for the construction of Swat Motorway Phase-II project and accorded approval to go ahead on Built Operate Transfer (BoT) model through public private partnership.

The 80 Km long Swat Motorway Phase-II Project from to be constructed from Chakdara Interchange to Fatehpur Madyan would have nine interchanges and eight main bridges on river Swat. The local population on both sides of the River Swat would be connected through the aforesaid interchanges and bridges.

The Chief Minister on the occasion directed the authorities concerned to fix realistic timelines for the ground breaking and subsequent completion of this flagship project of the provincial government and made it clear that the project should be completed within the stipulated time period.

Provincial Finance Minister Taimur Saleem Jhagra, Advisor to CM on Energy Hamayatullah Khan, Additional Chief Secretary Shakeel Qadir Khan, Principal Secretary to CM Shahab Ali Shah, administrative secretaries of concerned department, Chief Executive Officer Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Board of Investment & Trade and other relevant official attended the meeting. The meeting was briefed in details about the background of the project, its salient features, cost, technical studies, financial models and other related matters. The meeting thoroughly discussed the proposed financial models and implementation plan to materialize the project through Public Private Partnership on Build, Operate and Transfer Basis and approved to start the process.

The Chief Minister on this occasion stated that he would also try to make this project a part of CPEC Portfolio however he stated that the most suitable financial approach and model would be adopted for the execution of this important project. “Keeping in view the increasing volume of traffic on Swat Motorway Phase-I, it is very easy to predict that Phase-II of Swat Motorway Project is feasible in all respects that will not only provide high speed travelling facilities to the people but will also prove to be a milestone for the promotion of local and international tourism, agriculture and trade and economic activities. He underlined the need to establish economic zone near the Swat Motorway and said that the region would emerge as trade and economic hub in the coming future”, he added.

Earlier the forum was informed that the Swat Motorway Phase-II initially would consist of four lanes extendable to six lanes in future. Interchanges planed for the project include Chakdara Interchange, Shamozai Interchange, Barikot Interchange, Takhtaband Interchange, Kanju Interchange, Malam Jabba Interchange, Sher Palam Interchange, Matta-Khwazkhela Interchange and Madyan Interchange Fateh Pur. Average distance amongst the interchanges is 10 Km and link highways would also be provided where needed. The total estimated cost of the project is Rs. 60.5 billion including cost of Rs. 20.5 billion for land & Resettlement and construction cost of Rs. 37.2 billion. The meeting was also appraised about the geotechnical and hydrological data of the project, environmental conditions of the project area, possible impacts of the project on socio-economic condition and section wise traffic volume on the corridor.

Govt. taking steps to resolve issues of journalists

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan has termed the welfare of journalist community as one of the top priorities of his government and said that the provincial government is taking all possible steps to resolve all the genuine issues of journalists community.

He was talking to a representative delegation of Peshawar Press Club who called on him at his office here the other day and discussed with him matters related to the welfare of journalists.

The delegation was led by president Peshawar Press Club, Syed Bukhar Shah. Other members of the delegation included Senior journalist Ismail Khan, Imran Yousafzai and Shezada Fahad. The chief minister while stressing the need for early completion of remaining works in Peshawar Media Colony directed the high ups of Peshawar Development Authority for making necessary payments for the provision of Sui gas and electricity to said colony.

He also directed the authorities concerned to expedite work on expansion of access roads to the media colony on priority basis. On the demand of the delegation, the chief minister directed the quarters concerned to make all arrangements for allocation of dedicated land for media enclave in proposed Peshawar Model Town. Special Assistant to Chief Minister Kamran Bangash, Secretary Information Arshad Khan, Director General Information Imdad Ullah, and Director General PDA Syed Zafar Ali Shah were also present on the occasion.

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