Three motorway projects under China Pakistan Economic Corridor are completed and all set for inauguration. These three Motorway projects include 392km long Multan-Sukhar Motorway, 68km long Hakla-DI Khan Motorway and 40km long section of Thakot-Havelian expressway. These motorway projects are of great significance for Pakistan’s economy under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) framework.
Motorways under CPEC to Open for Public by the end of August
Three Motorway Projects are being executed under CPEC and ready to be open for general public after final approval by National Highway Authority (NHA). Member Engineering Coordination Arbab Ali Dakan reported that these three motorways will become operational by the end of August. As aforementioned, these projects include 392km long Multan-Sukhar Motorway, 68km long Hakla-DI Khan Motorway and 40km long section of Thakot-Havelian expressway.
Details of Completed Motorways Projects under CPEC
The Multan-Sukhar Motorway (M-5) is a part of the country’s Peshawar-Karachi Motorway with a total cost of Rs.294 billion provided by the China EXIM Bank under CPEC. The said project is ready and now NHA is doing codal formalities to take over the project from the contractor.
Hakla-D.I Khan Motorway project construction is part of the western alignment of CPEC and this four-lane 285-kilometre north-south motorway starts from the Hakla on Peshawar-Islamabad Motorway, near Fateh Jang interchange and ends at Yarik near Dera Ismail Khan.
It’s been informed that Hakla-D.I Khan Motorway project was divided into five packages and work was awarded to different contractors to meet the deadlines. However, the concerned project director Noor Mustafa has informed that a 54km long package-I and 14km long package 2-D of this project are ready for inauguration. Package-I is between Yarak and Rahmani Khel and it is constructed by the National Logistics Cell (NLC) while the package 2-D is between Rehmani Khel to Kot Belian.
Thakot-Havelian Expressway project under CPEC is an early harvest project of CPEC and it is divided into two portions Havelian-Mansehra and Mansehra-Thakot, which are supposed to be completed in March 2020. However, according to project director Zafer Yaqoob, a 40-kilometre long portion between Havelian and Mansehra is almost ready but it is yet to be decided after being discussed with the high-ups whether to open the completed section or not.
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