PM inaugurates Sialkot-Kharian motorway
Prime Minister Imran Khan performed the groundbreaking of Sialkot-Kharian motorway project on Thursday.
Addressing the groundbreaking ceremony, the premier lauded the effort of the National Highway Authority.
Stressing that it was important to incentivise investors, premier said that the PTI government tried to remove hurdles for SMEs.
Speaking about the project, the premier said that the motorway will help reduce 100km distance between the cities.
The premier was appreciative of the idea of involving private sector in the motorway project saying this will help the government divert resources to other areas.
He was confident that more private capital will flow into road infrastructure projects in the future.
Imran Khan said that the Swat motorway has opened the whole area for tourism.
“Pakistan has immense potential for tourism but it was not developed in the past,” he said adding that projects such as the second phase of Swat motorway and Dir Motorway will help encourage both domestic and foreign tourism at the picturesque places.
The 69 kilometer-long motorway project will be completed in two years’ time under public private partnership.
The construction of this project will not only facilitate passengers but also help in transportation of goods produced in the industries of Sialkot both within the country and to the ports for exports.
Prime Minister Imran Khan will also speak on the occasion.
Separately, the premier, in a tweet, said that despite unfavorable weather conditions this year, filling of Tarbela Dam to maximum level was a good omen for agriculture and hydel generation.
He appreciated WAPDA and Indus River System Authority for improved water regulation.
Alhamdulillah, Tarbela Dam filled to its max level yesterday despite unfavourable weather conditions this year. This is a good omen for agriculture & hydel generation. Appreciate the team at WAPDA/IRSA for improved water regulation.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) September 2, 2021
A day earlier, the prime minister inaugurated the Ehsaas Education Stipends programme aiming to providing financial assistance to the deserving households for the education of their children at primary, secondary and higher secondary levels.
Rolled out nationwide in 160 districts, the programme has been structured to give higher amount of stipend to girls as compared to boys.
The prime minister said ensuring education for all was a priority of the government, adding that stipends as incentives would be a step to encourage parents send their children, particularly girls to schools.
The prime minister said as over 20 million children in the country were out of schools, efforts were underway to ensure their inclusion in the educational mainstream.
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