ISLAMABAD: National Highway Authority (NHA) is taking all possible measures to ensure the early completion of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
An NHA official told APP Sunday that CPEC was the name of building roads from Khunjerab to Gwadar. “The CPEC project comprises modern highway and railway transportation system linking Kashgar in West China to Khunjerab in the north and onwards to Karachi and Gwadar in the south of Pakistan through multiple routes”, he added.
He said a number of sections of this mega project have been completed and remaining sections are under construction. He said that the 784 kilometer segment from Khunjerab to Burhan consists of Karakoram Highway (KKH), out of which 335 kilometers from Khunjerab to Raikot had already been upgraded. He said that the remaining part from Raikot to Islamabad is divided into three sub sections of Raikot Thakot, Thakot Havelian and Havelian Burhan.
He said the construction work on 120 kilometres Thakot Havelian section of the road has started after its ground breaking by the prime minister recently. He said that the work on 59 kilometre Burhan Havelian section also known as Hazara Motorway was going smoothly and it would be completed by end of 2017 at cost of Rs 34 billion.
He said that work on 285 km section of the western corridor from Hakla near Tarnol Interchange on M 1 to Yarik near Dera Ismail Khan would start in coming few days. He said the project had been divided into five smaller sections so that work could be completed according to the given time frame.
He said that Rs 13 billion PC 1 for acquiring the land required for the project had been approved. The project envisages construction of 285km 4 lane expressway from Hakla on M 1 to DI Khan near Yarik on N 55 as part of western route of the CPEC. The proposed motorway will be built as a controlled access facility and includes provision of 11 interchanges, 19 flyovers, 15 bridges,74 underpasses, 259 culverts, and three major bridges; one at River Sawan, one at River Indus and third at River
Koram.The proposed expressway will have 100m wide right of way (ROW) to convert the proposed four lane facility to six lanes in future.
He said that physical work on 393 kilometer Sukkur Multan Motorway costing Rs 294 billion had been started. The Motorway will be completed with the financial assistance from China (90 percent) whereas remaining cost of the project will come from the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP).
It is also a part of eastern route under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which will be completed within three years costing Rs 294 billion.
This Motorway passing through Multan Jalalpur Peerwala Ahmedpur East,Ubaro, Panno Aqil will terminate at Sukkur. Total 54 bridges will be constructed including one major bridge on Sutlej.
The official further said Karachi Hyderabad Motorway (M 9), which connects Karachi to Hyderabad is going to be 136 kilometres long with 16 exits and is going to cost about Rs 24 billion adding that the project was inaugurated on March 16, 2015 and it is expected to be completed within two and a half years.
He said the M 9 would later be linked to the Karachi Lahore and Karachi Gwadar motorways to constitute the longest tract in the motorway network.- APP