Section of Sukkur-Multan highway opens to traffic
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.