Chakdara-Gilgit road to serve as an alternate CPEC route

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PESHAWAR: To link Chakdara in Lower Dir with the northern town of Gilgit, the provincial government has announced to construct a road, which will also serve as an alternate route for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in the province.

The decision was taken during a meeting between Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Chief Minister Mahmood Khan with the provincial Minister for Communications and Works Akbar Ayub Khan, held at the CM Secretariat in Peshawar.

Also comprising of Shandoor and Chitral roads, the provincial government directed the concerned officials to finalise the Project Concept-1 (PC-I) of the ‘Chakdara-Gilgit CPEC link.

The route to be constructed will not only help boost tourism in the region but also provide employment, expand communication networks and uplift the economy, said CM Mahmood.

To promote sustainable development in the Newly-Merged Tribal Districts (NMTDs, the government has introduced various initiatives which include bilateral trade with Afghanistan and other Central Asian countries to boost economic activities in the province, building roads, promoting tourism by developing tourist destinations and opening industrial zones.

The CM informed that the government has formulated an integrated strategy to attract foreign investment through these initiatives, which is crucial to bring an economic revolution.

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