PM Shehbaz Sharif laid foundation stone of Sukkur- Hyderabad M6 motorway

PM Shehbaz Sharif laid foundation stone of Sukkur- Hyderabad M6 motorway

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has laid foundation stone of Hyderabad-Sukkur Motorway (M-6).

The ceremony to lay the foundation stone was held at Hyderabad airport on Tuesday. Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, federal minister Asad Mehmood and federal minister Ameen-ul-Haq among others attended the ceremony.

After the completion of this project, Karachi will be linked to Khyber via the motorway. The M-6 motorway will comprise 306 kilometers in length and there will be 15 interchanges and 243 underpasses in Hyderabad-Sukkur Motorway. The motorway will lead to Sukkur via Mutiyari, Nowshehro Feroz and Kherpur.

Addressing the ceremony, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said the development of road infrastructure connecting all provinces of the country, particularly the disadvantaged areas, was crucial for strengthening of the national economy.

Shehbaz said connecting the deprived areas including Balochistan and Sindh would pave the way for economic and social development besides creating new business opportunities.

The 306-km-long M-6 will be completed with Rs307 billion within 30 months as per international standards. The M-6 portion will complete the North-South Motorway Corridor, also known as the Karachi-Peshawar motorway, and will interconnect major cities of the country.

Shehbaz in his address at the event said it was a matter of satisfaction for the coalition government to restore construction work of the M-6 motorway that faced a prolonged delay due to the inefficiency of the previous government. He emphasized ensuring the quality and standard of the M-6 motorway no less than rest of the motorway network in the country.

The prime minister directed the relevant authorities to complete the public-private project within the stipulated period of time. He encouraged Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal to promote further projects on public-private projects so as to achieve the goals of development and prosperity.

He also called for improving road connectivity from Balochistan to the up country in order to connect the significant Gwadar port and mainstream the province in the national economy.

He announced the completion of the Sukkur-Rohri bridge, which was earlier announced by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah regretted that the apathy of the previous government delayed the construction of M-6 for over three years and emphasized that 25,000 jobs related to the project needed to be given to locals. He drew the attention of the government towards the need for the dewatering of flood-hit areas.

Federal Minister for Water Resources Syed Khurshid Shah said the M-6 motorway would prove as a milestone in strengthening the economy by promoting intra-country trade activities.

Federal Minister for Communications Asad Mehmood said the construction of the Sukkur-Hyderabad Motorway (M-6) was a long-standing demand of the people of Sindh province, which has been fulfilled by the present coalition government.

He expressed satisfaction that Shehbaz Sharif was fulfilling the vision of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif regarding establishing a large network of motorways in the country as a step of development.

Federal Secretary for Communications Capt (retd) Khurram Agha said the government would provide only Rs 9.5 billion and the construction would be carried out on a public-private basis.

The six-lane motorway will comprise 15 interchanges, a large bridge over the Sindh river, 82 bridges over canals, 19 underpass bridges, six flyovers, and 10 service areas. The project will create around 25,000 jobs.

The M-6 will pass through the districts of Jamshoro, Hyderabad, Matiari, Benazirabad, Nowshero Feroze, Khairpur, and Sukkur. Service areas and rest areas will be provided at every 50km on both sides of the highway.