Peshawar-DIK Motorway to be a game changer

Peshawar to Dera Ismail Khan (DIK) Motorway has been a long-awaited project. On September 10, the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) approved a summary sent by the KP government. The Pakhtunkhwa Highway Authority (PHA) will execute the mega project at a total cost of Rs276.529. Under this project, the PHC will construct a 360-km-long, six-lane dual carriageway. It will link the fairly developed provincial capital of Peshawar with the less-developed and far-flung southern district of DIK. It will pass through the districts of Kohat, Hangu, Karak, Bannu, Lakki Marwat and Tank, before ultimately terminating at DIK. The work will involve the highly technical and difficult task of constructing tunnels and underpasses along the route.

The construction of the motorway will ensure an easy accessibility between the big and small towns of KP. During and after the construction, the motorway will boost trade and tourism. This has already happened along the various stretches of the motorway from Peshawar to Karachi. Similarly, the stretches constructed under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) have generated immense business activities. Quick to emerge along the highways are shopping malls, petrol pumps, local food outlets as well as the branded international chains like the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) and the McDonald’s.

On completion, the KP government will also gradually recover the construction cost in the shape of the money collected at the toll plaza networks. Moreover, the shops given on rent to individuals or companies also bring income to the tune of millions of rupees. The government should see to it that the work gets completed within the specified time. With the passage of time, the construction cost can go up, like it happened in the case of BRT.