Commissioner Malakand Division Shaukat Ali Yousafzai on Thursday announced that a delegation consisting of technical personnel would meet the concerned agencies and officials in Peshawar to re-examine any possibility of change in route of the Swat Motorway Phase-2.
He said this during an important jirga at the Commissioner’s Office, Saidu Sharif, to listen and address the grievances of land owners affected by the construction of the motorway.
The jirga was attended by delegations from different parts of Swat and Malakand districts. Deputy Commissioner Malakand Arif Khan Yousafzai and Deputy Commissioner Swat Junaid Khan and other concerned officials were also present on the occasion. Delegates from different regions presented their concerns, problems and suggestions regarding Swat Motorway Phase II.
In his address to the jirga, Commissioner Malakand Division Shaukat Ali Yousafzai said problems usually came up in mega development projects. However, those nations who put national and collective interest first succeeded, he added.
Commissioner Malakand Division said that all possible efforts have been made to minimize affected people. Yousafzai assured the jirga that a just decision would be made and the project would be technically re-examined if possible. Expressing their views in the jirga, the delegation appealed to the provincial government and district administrations to protect the lands, shops, buildings and homes.
The delegation members said that Chief Minister Mehmood Khan had introduced record development projects for which they were grateful. The delegation said it hoped that those affected by the construction of Swat Motorway Phase II would be listened to and possible changes would be made in the plan.