CPEC western route faces setback

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CPEC western route faces setback

ISLAMABAD - China Pakistan Economic Corridor western route faces setback due to the delay in project approvals by China and non-disbursement of funds allocated in the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP).

The political transition has hit the implementation of Western Route of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

It has been revealed by National Highway Authority (NHA) in a presentation to the Senate Standing Committee on Planning and Development on Monday.

An official of the highway authority informed the committee that some Rs25 billion allocated in the PSDP for road projects under the Western Route was not released because of successive changes in the government over a short period of time.

Likewise, the Chinese government was also taking time in approval of projects during the intervening period. “This has brought work on roads to stand still,” the official said. ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER AD

The committee meeting, presided over by Senator Agha Shazeb Durrani, was informed that work on the Hakla-Dera Ismail Khan Motorway project was not progressing due to funding issues. Similarly, delay on the part of China in the approval of construction work on the Western Route from Dera Ismail Khan to Zhob was an issue.

Senator Usman Kakar alleged that there was no developmental work on the Western Route from the past two and a half years.