Sukkur-Hyderabad Motorway among Rs289bn projects approved by ECNEC 

ISLAMABAD: The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) on Thursday approved four projects worth Rs289 billion pertaining to the construction of national highways in different parts of the country.

The ECNEC meeting, which was chaired by Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, discussed and gave go-ahead to the construction of 306km-long Hyderabad-Sukkur Motorway at a cost of Rs165.679 billion, construction of 47.55km Khyber Pass Economic Corridor (KPEC) at a cost of Rs 77.907 billion, construction of 146km Hoshab-Awaran-Khuzdar Section of M-8 Project, and land acquisition for Swat Motorway Phase-II at a cost of Rs20 billion. 

The Hyderabad-Sukkur Motorway, to be completed on Build Operate Transfer (BOT) basis, envisages construction of 306km-long, 6-lane wide, access-controlled motorway. The motorway is proposed to be a high-speed toll road facility for efficient and safe transportation, which will start from Hyderabad (end of Karachi-Hyderabad Motorway M-9) and terminate at Naro Canal (Start of Sukkur-Multan Motorway M-5). The project alignment passes through Jamshoro, Tando Adam, Hala, Shahdadpur, Nawabshah, Moro, Dadu, Naushahro Feroze, Mehrabpur, Rasoolpur, Larkana, Khairpur and Sukkur. 

The Khyber Pass Economic Corridor (KPEC) project consists of two components involving the construction of Peshawar-Torkham Motorway and link road connecting motorway to Badabher (N-55) intersecting N-5 between Chamkani and Jhagra (55km) in length. The project envisages construction of 47.55 km long, 4-lane wide, dual carriageway high-speed access-controlled Motorway from Peshawar to Torkham. Peshawar Torkham Motorway is part of the Peshawar-Jalalabad-Kabul Motorway Project. The scope of work also includes the construction of bridges, interchanges, flyover, subways, underpasses, box culverts, cattle creep, road furniture, drainage works, and retaining walls along with allied facilities.

Hoshab-Awaran-Khuzdar Section of M-8 Project envisages construction of 146km-long road from Hoshab to Awaran. There exists a motorable track from Hoshab to Awaran under the administrative control of C&W Department, Govt of Balochistan. Existing route is mostly followed while finalizing the alignment. The project road starts from Hoshab and traverses through Qila Darwesh, Ashal, Dandar, Sahar Kalat, Gorari, Laljan, Duddar, Razai, Nurdin, Madak, Malar, Labach Dargo and finally terminates at Awaran. The scope of works also includes the relocation of utilities and acquisition of 29,200 kanals of land for 100m of Right of Way (ROW).

The Swat Motorway Phase-II project envisages acquisition of 10,000 kanals of land for construction of a 4-lane motorway, 79.69km in length, from Chakdara to Fatehpur as Phase-II – extension of the Swat Motorway. The motorway is proposed as a high-speed toll road facility for efficient and safe transportation. 


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  1. Honorable Dr. Abdul Hafiz Shaikh Advisor PM on Finance/Revenue/Transportation/Logistics
    Motorway prepared as high speed toll road facility for efficient & Safe transportation.
    Transportation sector Railways has been ignored which is compliant to Climate Change, environment friendly, Safest surface transportation in the world. Today the projects of Railways are ready knocking our doors under CEPEC China the Digital technology train knocking our doors, with friendly financing turn key arrangements. The Japanese Shinkansen which is also known as bullet train are the most sophisticated train technology. The President of JICA personally visited Pakistan had already financed KCR Karachi Circular Railway financing was a shocking experience. However Pakistan relations with CEPEC, Shinkansen Bullet train for KCR financing as welll. Besides the EU rail technologies. Pakistan should not miss the time and opportunity for our laying track and mobility via Digital Trains. All train whether CEPEC, Shinkansen are interconnectable. Please consider. I shall volunteer for meetings, evaluation for the love of my country prosper. Current tracks repair will not be a risk non feasible.

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