PESHAWAR - A meeting to review progress on roads infrastructure projects in the merged areas was held here with Chief Minister Mahmood Khan in chair on Thursday. 

The meeting was informed that work was in progress on 58 various projects of road infrastructure in the merged districts having a total length of 645 kilometers. The projects would be completed with an estimated cost of Rs.15 billion. A number of such new projects for the left-over areas of the merged tribal districts had also been included in the AIP of the current fi­nancial year which would be complet­ed with an estimated cost of Rs.5 bil­lion. Similarly, some 12 projects for the construction of bridges in the merged districts had also been included in cur­rent budget which would be completed with a total cost of Rs.2 billion. 

The meeting was attended besides others by Provincial Secretary Commu­nication and Works Department Ijaz Hussain, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Shahab Ali Shah and other senior officials of Pakhtunkhwa High­ways Authority and C&W Department. 

The meeting was briefed in detailed about the progress so far made on roads infrastructure projects in new­ly merged districts. The forum was in­formed that ongoing projects of road construction in merged area included seven projects of District Bajaur , three of Mohmand, six of Khyber, 14 of Kur­ram, seven of Orakzai, seven of North Waziristan and two of South Waziristan in addition to three projects of Darra Adam Khel, three of Wazir/Battani are­as and five of Darazinda/Jandola. 

Mahmood Khan reviews progress on roads infrastructure projects in merged districts

The meeting was informed that road infrastructure projects had also been reflected in the current AIP for the left-over areas of the merged districts, add­ing that all areas would get their due share of projects in communication sector. 

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Min­ister Mahmood Khan termed the accel­erated development of merged areas as top priority of his government. He said the government was taking result-ori­ented steps in this regard. He said the people of merged districts would soon notice positive change in their lives. 

The Chief Minister directed the au­thorities concerned for timely com­pletion of all ongoing development schemes of merged areas without com­promising both on quality and quanti­ty of the projects. He reiterated his re­solve that all districts and areas of the merged districts would be developed on equal basis and no injustice would be done to any area in terms of devel­opment schemes.