Two major road projects of the CPEC Western Route to be completed this year
Two important projects of Western route of China China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) including Hakla-DI Khan Motorway, Zhob-Mughal Kot section would be completed by end of this year while Havelian-Thakot Motorway by February next year, an official of National Highway Authority (NHA) told APP on Wednesday.
The 285 kilometer Hakla-DI Khan Motorway and 81km Zhob-Mughalkot section are funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
The completion of the two significant projects will connect the port city of Gwadar with Quetta through Khuzdar. It will will reduce traveling time considerably paving way to enhanced economic activities.
The Hakla-Dera Ismail Khan motorway will reduce the travel time fromIslamabad to DI Khan from almost six hours to just two-and-a-half hours. The official in the NHA said that rehabilitation and up-gradation project of 81-kilometer portion of Zhob-Mughalkot (N50) begun in January 2016 and it is expected to be completed this year. The project, considered a vital link in the CPEC’s Western Alignment, is also financed by the Asian Development Bank.
Work on the 120-km Havelian-Thakot Motorway was going on smoothly and it would be accomplished as per schedule by February next year.
Construction of Havelian-Thakot highway ,described as the early harvest project of CPEC commenced in September 2016.
The 47-km section of the Hassanabdal-Havelian Motorway from Burhan to Shah Maqsood interchange is already operational while its remaining 12-km section has almost been completed and will be open for traffic soon. The motorway would become fully operational after opening of this portion and provide a modern six-lane road facility to the people of Havelian, Abbottabad, Mansehra and adjoining areas.
The NHA official said that ground breaking of Quetta- Zhob Expressway has been performed which will link Quetta with Zhob while passing through Kuchlak, Muslim Bagh and Qilla Saifullah. It will reduce travel time between Quetta and Dera Ismail Khan from 12 hours to 4 hours and help uplifting socio-economic activity for local population.