The government, under its efforts to promote tourism in the region, was going to start construction work of Tourism Expressway and the project would be completed in two years. According to Chairman Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) Tariq Mehmood Murtaza, surveys and study of the project had been completed. The total cost of the project had been estimated as Rs 4.5 billion and the first tranche of Rs 1.5 billion had been released, he informed. The road would be an alternative route from Rawalpindi to Murree for tourists and to reach new tourist destinations that would pass through four Tehsils of Rawalpindi district. 123 kilometers long existing 12 to 13 feet wide road would be reconstructed and widened further up to 24 feet under the Tourism Highway project. It’s a Public Sector Development Project and approved by the PM Imran Khan to promote tourism in the region and the project to be executed by Communication and Works Department, Punjab, he added. He informed that the federal government had released Rs 1.5 billion for the construction of 123 km long tourism expressway from Rawat Pandori Chowk to the four hilly tehsils of Rawalpindi – Kahuta, Kotli Sattian, Kalar Syedan and Murree. He said construction work of the project would be started soon and the project would be completed in two years. He said, the expressway would be 24 feet wide and would pass through the dense forest of Panjar. This would be an alternative road from Rawalpindi to Muzaffarabad and pass through Kotli Sattian, Kahuta, Kallar Syedan and Murree. He said the area on both sides of the expressway would have commercial buildings, plazas, factories, markets, hospitals and educational institutions while large parks would also be set up along the road. Tariq Murtaza told that they also had chalked out a plan to plant 300,000 fruit, flower and shade trees on both sides of the expressway.