NHA striving for early completion of western route of CPEC
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
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