USD 2.8 billion Multan-Sukkur motorway under CPEC to be completed in August this year
A senior official of the National Highway Authority (NHA) said that work on the Multan-Sukkur motorway was advancing at full speed and 83% of the construction has been completed. The motorway is part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor’s (CPEC) Eastern Route, that connects Peshawar to Karachi. China State Construction Company Limited (CSCEC) is leading the construction work at the Multan-Sukkur motorway, which is expected to be completed by August this year. The motorway is a two-way six lane road costing $2.8 billion.
Sukkur-Multan has a design speed of 120 km per hour, and it is a two-way six-lane road with a contractual value of USD 2.889 billion (excluding $180 million tax exemption).
The Export-Import Bank of China provides loan support and China State Construction Company Limited (CSCEC) is responsible for construction on Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) basis. With a contract period of 36 months (including design period of four months), the project officially started on August 5, 2016.
Meanwhile Lahore-Abdul Hakeem section of M-3 would be opened for traffic by February 15. the official said that all physical work of this section had already been completed but due to some technical issues such as delay in approval for deployment of motorway police on this section, the motorway could not yet been opened.
Similarly, the officials informed that the Gojra-Shorkot section of Faisalabad-Multan motorway and 34 kilometer section of Shorkot-Dinpur section of M-4 would be opened for traffic by next month.