Timely com­ple­tion of Lahore-Karachi sec­tion of Mo­tor­way NHA’s pri­or­ity

Pakistan Observer - - ECONOMY WATCH -

IS­LAM­ABAD—The present gov­ern­ment at­taches top pri­or­ity to con­struc­tion of high­ways and for this pur­pose hefty amount has been al­lo­cated in the Pub­lic Sec­tor De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme (PSDP) of the ucom­ing fis­cal year.

Rs34 bil­lion have been ear­marked for 230 km Lahore-Ab­dul Ha­keem sec­tion of Lahore-Karachi por­tion of the Mo­tor­way, an of­fi­cial source told APP Sun­day.

He said for 397 km Multan-Sukkur Sec­tion of the same mo­tor­way Rs 19 bil­lion have been ear­marked.

He said that PKM was part of the $46 bil­lion China Pak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor (CPEC) project, aimed at up­grad­ing and ex­pand­ing Pak­istan’s in­fra­struc­ture.

He said in view of cur­rent al­lo­ca­tions, the NHA’s pri­or­ity will be com­plet­ing on­go­ing projects within the given time­frame, there­fore, a ma­jor chunk of al­lo­ca­tion will be spent on on­go­ing projects.

Other im­por­tant project for which al­lo­ca­tion has been al­lo­cated Rs 22 bil­lion is Hakla-D I Khan Mo­tor­way which will also form part of the west­ern align­ment of China-Pak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor (CPEC).

Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif on May 17 had per­formed the ground-break­ing of the Mo­tor­way, which will start from Peshawar- Is­lam­abad Mo­tor­way near Tarnol In­ter-change and end at Yarak near D I Khan. This project is an im­por­tant part of the west­ern route of CPEC that stands among the pri­or­i­ties of the gov­ern­ment. The 285 km-long Hakla-D I Khan Mo­tor­way will be com­pleted in two years at a cost of more than Rs 142 bil­lion. From D I Khan, this Mo­tor­way will be linked up with Mughalkot via N-50 in Balochis­tan.

Rs 16,500 mil­lion is al­lo­cated for the con­struc­tion of 118 km ThakotHavelian sec­tion of CPEC and Rs 4,651 mil­lion for Burhan-Havelian sec­tion,also part of CPEC.

He said for the con­struc­tion of Faisalabad-Khanewal Ex­press­way (184km) M-4 (ADB) Rs7 bil­lion have been al­lo­cated in the PSDP 2016- 17. He said among 29 new schemes the mega project is Basima- Khuz­dar (110 km) N-30 which is part of CPEC for which Rs1.3 bil­lion have been al­lo­cated.—APP

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