SWABI, 25 August: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak on Thursday laid the foundation stone of the first ever motorway to be built by any provincial government.

The 81-kilometer motorway will be built between Col. Sher Khan interchange on Peshawar-Islamabad motorway and Chakdara. Initially, it will be four-lane however, it will be developed to six-lane road.

The project, which will be executed by the Frontier Works Organization (FWO), will be completed in 18 months at the cost of Rs35 billion.

Chairman, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Imran Khan also performed the groundbreaking ceremony of Swat motorway at Chakdara.

According to government officials, with the completion of the motorway, the three-hour travelling between Swabi and Chakdara would be reduced to 50-minute drive. The officials added that the motorway would not only give quality transportation facilities to the public, it would also be helpful in saving fuel expenses.

The officials added that five interchanges one each at Dhobian, Ismailia, Bakhshali, Katlang, Palai and Chakdara would be built on the motorway.