KP Plans Direct Route From Abbottabad To Hazara Motorway
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has unveiled plans to enhance connectivity by constructing a direct route from Abbottabad city to the Hazara Motorway. The proposal was presented by Ameer Nadeem Durrani, the Minister for Rural Development and Local Government, and Ahmad Jan, the Caretaker Minister for Communications and Works. Their suggestion involves commencing construction at the Sherwan Interchange to establish a direct connection from Abbottabad through a tunnel.
As part of the initiative, the provincial government has formally communicated its request to the federal government for the expansion of the Sherwan Interchange. Additionally, a request for the construction of an interchange via a tunnel has been dispatched to Islamabad. The primary objective of this infrastructure project is to establish a direct linkage between various areas, including Abbottabad City, Mansehra, Nathiagali, and the surrounding regions. This is expected to alleviate traffic congestion in Abbottabad City.
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During a meeting held in Abbottabad, officials discussed and deliberated on the proposed plans. The initial focus will be on launching the Abbottabad Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, addressing drainage issues, and resolving road-related challenges in proximity to the Hazara Motorway’s termination point at Peshawar Morr.
The meeting underscored the significance of completing infrastructure projects within stipulated timelines, addressing issues left by previous contractors, and investigating any pending work. Emphasizing the need for prompt action, officials outlined a comprehensive strategy for renovating and cleaning all drains in Abbottabad. Specific instructions were given to measure each drain and promptly initiate redesign efforts in collaboration with Tehsil Municipal Administrations (TMAs).
Furthermore, provincial ministers directed officials to inform the Public Service Commission about evening and night shift vacancies in District Headquarters Hospitals (DHQs). The authorities were instructed to seek the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) permission to fill these positions. The meeting also addressed matters related to various Basic Health Units (BHUs), including Boghar Mang BHU, Kot Najibullah BHU, Dhodial Mental and General Hospital, and Abbottabad Teaching Hospital. The government’s multi-faceted approach aims to enhance connectivity, alleviate traffic congestion, and address various infrastructure challenges in Abbottabad.