PESHAWAR, 25 August: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government will inaugurate the Swat Motorway project today (Thursday).

The Motorway leading from Colonel Sher Khan Interchange to Chakdara will cost Rs41 billion and will be completed in one and a half years.

Adviser to KP Chief Minister on Information Mushtaq Ghani said at a press conference in Peshawar on Wednesday that the 81-kilometre Motorway is the first such project by a provincial government. He said the completion of the project will reduce the travelling of three hours to 50 minutes.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan and Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak will inaugurate the project.

The chief minister’s adviser, Mohibullah Wazir told TNN that the project was vital for Mardan and Malakand region.

“The project also includes two tunnels which are four kilometres long. The Malakand and Mardan regions would have been completely cut off from other parts of country if this motorway was not constructed. This will reduce the journey of several hours to only 50 minutes,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Provincial Development Working Party (PDWP) has approved 21 projects worth Rs12.5 billion in sports, education, healthcare, tourism and other sectors.