BESHAM-KHWAZAKHELA-MINGORA CHAKDARA ROAD (135 KM)
The provision of basic and efficient infrastructure creates an enabling environment for the private sector to take the lead in the growth process. Considering the length and diversity of CPEC routes, it is imperative to develop a definite and unobstructed infrastructure so as to; maintain the momentum of traffic on both the sides. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's strategic position in the CPEC framework guarantees it a considerable section of the western alignment because many of the province's natural resources are situated near the main CPEC artery. The proposed project will provide alternate route for CPEC traffic. This project will cater the need for heavy traffic of CPEC in case of blockage of main CPEC artery as the area is prone to natural calamities like land sliding and heavy snowfall in winters.
The proposed project comprises of two portions, Besham-Khwazakhela section (68 kilometers) & Khwazakhela-Mingora-Chakdara section (67 kilometers). The pre-feasibility study of the project has been conducted.
The proposed project will cost Pak Rs. 91 billion and will be completed in 24 months time. The scope of the work of Besham-Khwazakhela section includes construction of 68 kilometers main carriageway with width of 6.1-7.3 meters having 3 meters outer and 1 meter inner shoulder on either side and is designed for 100-120 kilometers per hour vehicular speed. Similarly, Khwazakhela-Mingora-Chakdara section scope involves construction of 67 kilometers main carriageway having 1.75 meters shoulder on both sides and is designed for 100-120 kilometers per hour vehicular speed.
The proposed route is safe and secure for CPEC and can provide round-the clock all-weather route as KKH remains closed twice or thrice a year due to heavy snowfall and recurring landslides. This will boost economic activities and provide better option for exploring the tourist resorts of province.
The project provides an opportunity for the donor agencies / investors for investment and to recoup the capital investment with profit. The proposed road can generate millions of rupees per year from toll tax besides promoting tourism industry. It can be executed through preferably Public Private Partnership (BOOT/BOT) or any other mode mutually agreed by both the parties. The project is open for all the state-owned, state-supported and private entities having minimum turnover of US $ 1 billion.
The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will facilitate investors for interaction with relevant agencies and is committed to partner with the investor by providing all basic facilities in execution of project. It will provide all legal and technical assistance to the investors. The government will provide assurance of money security. Moreover, the investors friendly security situation prevails in the province.