A small step towards China-Pakistan Economic Corridor
a time when the country was in the grip of unending political tension, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has done well by launching a developmental project of monumental importance. Ground-breaking of Hazara Motorway project is not only in line with the passion and vision of the Prime Minister for infrastructure development in the country but it is also one of the components of the gigantic project of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Project, which is rightly being described as a game changer in the region.
The 60-kilometre-long, 4-lane fenced expressway will cost Rs33 billion and will reduce the drive time from Islamabad to Havelian to just 30 minutes, additionally providing a road to the Havelian Dry Port project. The project anticipates hundreds of thousands of employment opportunities, possibilities of new business ideas, and a socio-economic uplift of the whole region. The road would help solve the traffic problems in Abbottabad, Haripur and Mansehra districts. No doubt, this is a small step towards implementation of the huge project of Economic Corridor but it is quite encouraging that despite challenges and difficulties, the Government is moving forward and at least a beginning has been made to realize a bigger goal. No doubt, the entire project involves investment worth billions of dollars and time, energy and hard work but association of China is itself a guarantee of its success provided we demonstrate our resolve and commitment to transform it into a reality. Unfortunately, some short-sighted leaders and elements are trying to sabotage and belittle the project despite its enormous potential for progress and development especially in the backward regions of Pakistan. Political differences apart, there should be a national consensus on the economic direction of the country and the policies and plans initiated by one government should invariably be pursued by its successors. We would also expect of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his team to move on a faster pace on different components of the Corridor during remaining three years of their rule so that the project becomes irreversible.