CPEC Western Route: Ongoing projects and Development Work
ISLAMABAD: (APP) Construction of the Western Route of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is top priority of the government and construction of Hakla-D.I.Khan has already begun.
An official of National Highway Authority (NHA) told APP that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif performed the ground breaking of Hakla-Dera Ismail Khan Motorway and this project was an important part of the Western Route of the CPEC .
Giving details of the project, he said that the 285 km-long Hakla-D.I.Khan Motorway would be completed within a period of two years with a total cost of about Rs 142 billion.
This project starts from Hakla, near Tarnol interchange on M-I and passes through Fateh Jhang, Mianwali, Kundal and ends at Yarak at Indus Highway (N-55). The alignment of this project passes through developing areas and its construction work will also generate employment opportunities for the area, he said.
He said that ground-breaking of the up-gradation of Zhob-Mughalkot section was also performed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in December 2015.
He said that up-gradation of Zhob-Quetta highway has also been realized and work on Sorab-Hoshab section is in progress. A total 193 Km Hoshab-Turbat-Gwadar portion has already been completed.
He said that rehabilitation of D.I.Khan-Mughalkot section of N-50 would be completed by 2018. Moreover he said that dualization of 531 km D.I.Khan to Kuchlak section of N-50 would be operational by 2020.
About dualization of 211 km Quetta-Kalat-Surab section, he said that it was planned to be completed by 2020. The objective of the CPEC is to promote trade ties with neighboring countries and Central Asian States , which will ultimately lead in making Pakistan a trade hub of the whole region, he said.