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NHA promises early widening of Dir road

Lower Dir: According to a recent news report, an official of the National Highway Authority (NHA) said that the widening and improvement of the 38 kilometers Chakdara-Timergara section of the Nowshera-Chitral Highway (N-45) would start soon.

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Talking to Dawn here, he said the government had signed a loan agreement of $ 49.045 million with the EXIM Bank of Korea to execute the project.

The official said the project would help promote trade with neighbouring Central Asian Republics by improving major arterial roads and bridges in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

He said the total cost of the project was $ 60.740 million out of which Korean EXIM Bank would provide $ 49.045 million as a soft loan while the rest of $ 11.695 million would be provided by the government.

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The inclusion of Chakdara-Chitral Road in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project had been a longstanding demand of the people of Lower, Upper Dir, Bajaur and Chitral districts. The opposition parties and the civil society had staged protests last year demanding the inclusion of the road project in CPEC. Anjuman-i-Tajaran Timergara president Anwaruddin said the extension and improvement of the road would ease traffic mess and boost trade activity in the area.

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