Sec­tion of Sukkur-Mul­tan high­way opens to traf­fic

Changjiang Weekly - - TOP NEWS - By Han Wei

The 33-kilo­me­ter sec­tion of the Sukkur to Mul­tan high­way in was opened ahead of time to traf­fic at 11 A.M. on May 26. It was built by the China Con­struc­tion Third En­gi­neer­ing Bureau Com­pany, a Wuhan-based com­pany and it marks the ini­tial progress of the Peshawar-Karachi Mo­tor­way (PKM project), which is the big­gest transport in­fras­truc­ture project for the China-Pak­istan eco­nomic cor­ri­dor.

The PKM project starts at Karachi, the big­gest city in the south of Pak­istan, and ends at Peshawar, a city in the north­west­ern part of the coun­try. With a to­tal length of 1,152 km, it is an eco­nomic artery con­nect­ing the north and south of Pak­istan.

The Sukkur-Mul­tan sec­tion, as a part of the PKM project, was de­signed and built by China us­ing the gen­eral con­tract­ing model. With a to­tal length of 392 km, it is a twoway six lane high­way and is de­signed for ve­hi­cles trav­el­ling at 120 km per hour. The 33kilo­me­ter sec­tion, which is cur­rently open to traf­fic, is 15 months ahead of sched­ule.

Dur­ing the con­struc­tion of the en­tire project, nearly 30,000 Pak­ista­nis were em­ployed di­rectly, which greatly in­creased lo­cal em­ploy­ment fig­ures. The project has also stim­u­lated the de­vel­op­ment of lo­cal en­ter­prises and in­dus­tries. The project staff also ac­tively car­ries out pub­lic wel­fare ac­tiv­i­ties on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, such as free ed­u­ca­tion and med­i­cal con­sul­ta­tions in the vil­lages, dig­ging wells, and re­pair­ing canals.

The en­tire project is ex­pected to be com­pleted in Au­gust 2019.

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