Pakistan to link Iran with Gwadar Port
ISLAMABAD:Chairman National Highway Authority(NHA) Jawwad Rafiq Malik gave a briefing about the road infrastructure projects in the country.
While apprising the SCO Secretary General about the road infrastructure development plan initiated by present government in the country, he said that although China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was a bilateral project in nature but it could integrate people of South Asia, China and Central Asia for shared goals of development and prosperity.
He informed the meeting that under the early harvest CPEC projects include 118 km Thakot-Havelian project to be completed in March 2020 and 392 km Sukkur-Multan Motorway likely to be completed by August next year.
He informed that three more projects 136 km Raikot-Thakot section of Karakoram Highway, 210 km Yarik-Zhob road and 110 km Khuzdar-Basima section.
He said that NHA was also planning to dualise Peshawar-Jalalabad Highway and start work on Quetta-Kandhar road and link Iran with Gwadar through Naukundi-Mashkhel-Panjgoor Highway.
He said when the present government came to power in 2013 only 582 km motorway was functional but it started work on 1700 km new motorway projects which would become operational by end of 2019 enhancing the total length of motorways to 2400 km.
About Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC),he said Pakistan has unique geographic location - at the crossroads of Central Asia, the People's Republic of China, and South Asia and provides a unique potential and opportunity for the country to become a regional transport and trade hub.APP/AFP