Saudi Arabia funds Pakistan’s Swat Expressway to connect Chakdara with Kalam
Saudi Arabia has agreed to provide US$ 50 million (Rs3.4 billion) in financial aid to Pakistan for the construction of the 113 km long, 3 lane, Swat Expressway, which will connect Chakdara with Kalam.
The Swat Expressway is currently under construction in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province and stretches from Nowshera to Chakdara in Swat district, passing through Swabi, Mardan, and Malakand districts, and will help in boosting trade, business and tourism in the Malakand Division of the province.
The construction of the expressway began in August 2016 and expected to be completed in 15 months. With completion of this project, the travel time from Nowshera to Chakdara will reduce from three hours to just one hour.