CM Mahmood Khan inaugurated the Mansehra-Thakot section of Hazara Expressway
MANSEHRA: Chief Minister Mahmood Khan on Tuesday officially inaugurated the Mansehra-Thakot section of the Hazara Toll Road.
“Our province has great tourism potential in the Hazara and Malakand divisions and we can promote this sector to new heights after completing this highway,” the chief minister said at the inauguration ceremony of the Mansehra-Thakot section of Hazara Expressway here. The chief minister, who credited Prime Minister Imran Khan and Federal Minister for Communications Murad Saeed for the initial settlement and opening of the arteries, said that the 180km Hazara Expressway from Hassanabdal to Thakot was completed at a cost of Rs 133 billion.
“This mega road project has been completed under the initiative of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, which will prove to be the backbone of the country’s economy and provide employment opportunities for the majority of the population,” he added. The CM said that the second phase of the highway was also underway in Swat, which would not only promote tourism in the Malakand division but also provide employment opportunities to a large number of people. He criticized opposition leaders for what he said were anti-state policies and propaganda against Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf government. “Those who get votes using the name Islam have launched propaganda against us, saying that our government is diverting Dir district development funds to the toll road project for Swat despite knowing very well that the funds intended for the CPEC project cannot be diverted elsewhere,” he “This has happened for the first time in the country’s history that the federal government approved six major development projects for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and all credit was given to Prime Minister Imran Khan,” he added. CM said that mega projects such as Rashakai to Chakdara and Swat Motorway and Peshawar to the Dera Ismail Khan road is included in the six mega projects. In clandestine references to PML-N and its leadership, the chief minister said they claimed that three airport projects were established in the province but he had not seen any of them. “Those who completed the project major development only in newspapers t “I have criticized our government but I cannot see the airport, which they claim has been competing in our province,” Mahmood Khan said. Speaking on the occasion, chairman of National Highway Authority Captain (Ret.) Sikandar Qayyum said that the Mansehra-Thakot section of the Hazara Expressway was opened for traffic after CM Mahmood Khan provided traffic officers at the request of Federal Communications Minister Murad Saeed. PM Nawaz Sharif had opened the project in April 2016 and was part of the CPEC.