NHA striv­ing for early com­ple­tion of western route of CPEC

Pakistan Observer - - ECONOMY WATCH -

ISLAMABAD—Na­tional High­way Au­thor­ity was striv­ing for early com­ple­tion of Western Route of China-Pak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor (CPEC) is in­cluded among the pri­or­i­ties of the govern­ment.

An of­fi­cial of Na­tional High­way Au­thor­ity (NHA) said that con­struc­tion of Hak­laD.I.Khan has started. Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif per­formed the ground break­ing of Hakla-Dera Is­mail Khan Mo­tor­way.

This project is an im­por­tant part of Western Route of CPEC and the 285 km-long Mo­tor­way will be com­pleted in two years at a cost of more than Rs 142 bil­lion. He said that the project align­ment starts at Hakla, near Tarnol in­ter­change on M-1 and passes through Fateh Jhang, Mian­wali,Kun­dal and ends at Yarak at In­dus High­way (N-55).

He said that the align­ment of mo­tor­way passes through de­vel­op­ing ar­eas and its con­struc­tion will gen­er­ate new em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Avail­abil­ity of high-speed trans­porta­tion will pave way for im­prove­ment of health and ed­u­ca­tion sec­tors as well, and lo­cal pro­duces will eas­ily be taken to the big mar­kets.

He said that ground break­ing of the up-gra­da­tion of Zhob-Mughalkot sec­tion was per­formed by Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif in De­cem­ber

2015.

He said that up-gra­da­tion of ZhobQuetta high­way has also been re­al­ized and work on SorabHoshab sec­tion is in progress. He said 193 Km HoshabTur­bat-Gwadar por­tion has been com­pleted.

He said that re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of D.I.Khan-Mughalkot sec­tion of N-50 would be com­pleted by 2018.More­over he said that du­al­iza­tion of 531 km D.I.Khan to Kuch­lak sec­tion of N-50 would be op­er­a­tional by 2020.

About du­al­iza­tion of 211 km Quetta-Kalat-Surab sec­tion, he said that it was planned to be com­pleted by 2020.The ob­jec­tive of the CPEC is to pro­mote trade ties with neigh­bour­ing coun­tries Cen­tral Asian States and South Asian coun­tries, which will ul­ti­mately pre­pare the make Pak­istan a trade hub in this whole re­gion, he said.—APP

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