Widening, Improvement and upgradation of 146 kilometers Chitral–Shandur Road(Approved In 6th JCC Meeting)
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government is giving importance to enhance transport infrastructure for establishing internal links with economic corridor so as to stimulate province's economy.
This part of Pakistan possesses diverse tourist attractions, and about three-fourth of the country's tourism assets are situated in this area. The proposed road will link country leading motorways and high ways for promotion of tourism and will be alternate route for China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. This road has been declared as important project for job creation multiple businesses will benefit such as; transportation, hotels, restaurants, tourist shops, travel guides, tour operators etc.
The total economic impact from tourism only from this part has been estimated at Pak Rs. 5 to 6 billion annually. This area is blessed with rich cultural heritage, centuries-old civilization, beautiful landscape, natural capital, sites for adventure and winter tourism. The strategic location makes the project more prominent to be used as alternate CPEC route due to shorter approach to Burhan intersection. The route will connect 04 important economically viable districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The proposed project can be used as the best alternate route for CPEC traffic in case of land sliding or any other hindrances on the main CPEC route between Gilgit and Burhan interchange. During the 6th JCC meeting in Beijing it was agreed to include the road as an alternate CPEC route connecting Gilgit to Chakdara which onwards is connected to motorway M1 via Swat motorway. Chitral-Shandur-Chakdara road will also provide a shorter access of CPEC to Afghanistan & Central Asian Republics (CARs) in future through Wakhan corridor.
The project will involve construction of 146 kilometers main carriageway. It will cost Pak Rs. 75.000 billion and will be completed in 36 months. The pre-feasibility study has been conducted. The scope of the work includes construction of 7.3 meter carriageway having 2.5 meter shoulder on each side. The proposed road can generate millions of rupees per year from toll tax besides promoting tourism industry. Skilled, semi skilled and unskilled workforce is adequately available in the project area.
The project provides an opportunity for the donor agencies / investors for investment and to recoup the capital investment with profits. 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 infrastructure in execution of project. The investors friendly security situation already prevails in the province.