Construction of western route of CPEC top priority of NHA

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ISLAMABAD, June 22 (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.