ISLAMABAD (APP): After the completion of under-construction motorway projects, the length of motorway network will reach 2,000 kilometres in next three years.
An official of National Highway Authority (NHA) told APP on Sunday that during past one year, two sections of 115 KM have been added to the motorway network while overlay of 357 KM Lahore- Islamabad Motorway has been completed.
About the under construction projects, he said that inauguration of the construction work of the Havelian-Thakot Motorway section was done in April this year.
The 118-kilometre section of the motorway - part of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) - is expected to be completed in three years with a cost of Rs 133.90 billion.
He said that the work on 59 KM Burhan-Havelian expressway (E-35) - also known as Hazara Motorway - is in full swing and it will become operational by December 2017. The project costs Rs 129 billion.
He said that the work on 393 KM Sukkur-Multan motorway was inaugurated on May 6 and the six-lane project will be completed with the financial assistance of China. The motorway starting from Multan would pass through Jalalpur, Peerwala, Ahmed Pur, East Ubaro, Pano Aqil and end at Sukkur.
The project would comprise 54 bridges including one major bridge on River Sutlej. The motorway will have 12 service areas, 10 rest areas, 11 interchanges, 10 flyovers, and 426 underpasses, he said.
Construction for the Rs 17 billion Gojra-Shorkot section had been divided into two phases to ensure completion within the shortest possible time. He said the 56-KM Faisalabad-Gojra and 57-KM Khanewal-Multan had already been completed and have become functional.
On August 13, the Shorkot-Khanewal section of M-4 motorway was launched. The project will be completed at a cost of about Rs 22 billion over a period of two years.
After completion, the project will improve Pakistan's vital north-south road network, promote economic growth, create employment opportunities and ensure regional connectivity.
According to the contract agreement, the existing 4 lane Karachi-Hyderabad Super Highway is being converted in 6-lane Motorway, meeting international standards.
The portion of the Karachi-Lahore Motorway between Abdul Hakeem and Lahore will be 230 KM in length and will roughly parallel the Ravi river.
The road will begin from Lahore and pass six interchanges before joining the M-4 motorway near Shorkot and Khanewal, the NHA official said.