Mega project a go: Work to start soon on Bab-e-Peshawar

Published: June 14, 2015
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Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak PHOTO: ONLINE

Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak PHOTO: ONLINE

Construction of the Bab-e-Peshawar flyover on Hayatabad-Jamrud Road will begin this week and Chief Minister Pervez Khattak will formally lay the foundation stone of the project on June 17.

According to a handout issued on Sunday, Minister for Mineral Development and Focal Person of Mega Projects Ziaullah Afridi chaired a meeting at the Local Government Secretariat in Peshawar to discuss arrangements for the ground-breaking ceremony.

LG Secretary Jamil Ahmad, officials of the National Logistics Cell (NLC), Peshawar Development Authority (PDA) and other relevant officials attended the meeting. The progress of various ongoing development schemes was also reviewed while plans for more mega projects were also proposed.

Afridi was informed that the LG department had awarded the contract for Bab-e-Peshawar to NLC and an agreement to this effect has been signed between NLC and PDA.

“NLC will construct this high-rise two-level flyover complex in a record period of 120 days at the cost of Rs1.77 billion,” stated the handout. The minister directed the NLC to ensure timely completion of the project.

The importance of such communication links has increased manifold in the wake of recent developments in the region, especially for maintaining economic relations with China, Afghanistan and Central Asian states, the handout quoted the minister as saying.

This modern flyover at the confluence of Fata, Hayatabad, Karkhano Market, Industrial Estate and Regi Lalma Township would greatly contribute in removing traffic congestion on this busy highway and would also help in accelerating industrial, commercial and economic activities, said Afridi.

The minister expressed hope that the agreement between the government and NLC would prove to be a starting point of prolonged partnership in the construction of more mega projects in the province.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 15th, 2015.

 

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Reader Comments (5)

  • syed & syed
    Jun 15, 2015 - 2:05AM

    Shareef syndrome also reached Khattak Sahib. Till now what mega or small projects you have completed. Small turbines on streams could have produced electricity which would have been a feather in PTI cap.Recommend

  • Agha Abbas
    Jun 15, 2015 - 9:45AM

    @syed & syed:
    Well I don’t want to argue but I beg to differ with the statement you came up with. Perhaps you don’t have the prior information about the Projects and their completion time. Small turbines have already started working in the northern parts of KPK. The only reason why you don’t hear about the completion of projects is because PTI doesn’t really advertise their projects and their completion unlike PMLn and PPP. This is probably because they want to allocate their funds for timely completion of the projects rather then spending the funds on advertising.
    You talked about small turbines, so for your information I will just give you a reference of Sarhad Rural Support Program. SRSP has installed and started a small hydel power station in Jungle area of Kalam in Swat which produces 400 KW of electricity with the discharge of 50 Cusecs. There are so many other small projects that are already operational but you don’t get to see them in News :)Recommend

  • MAD
    Jun 15, 2015 - 10:45AM

    @syed & syed: Not only have many of the proposed dams been completed but many hydropower units have started generating electricity. Others are also under construction. The KP government does not go around blowing its own horn like the Punjab govt that mounted afull PR campaign ona solar power plant that generates an average of 23 MW electricityRecommend

  • Xnain
    Jun 15, 2015 - 5:45PM

    @MAD
    “Not only have many of the proposed dams been completed but many hydropower units have started generating electricity.”
    Would you like to name a few?Recommend

  • Sami
    Jun 17, 2015 - 11:31AM

    PTI claimed Pindi Metro could have been built for Rs.4bn. Now they are building just one flyover at a cost of 1.77bn! Is this corruption or was that a lie?Recommend

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