Huge funds allocated for CPEC’s Western route: Ahsan Iqbal

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ISLAMABAD, June 19 (APP): Minister for Planning, Development  and Reforms, Prof. Ahsan Iqbal has said that the federal government  has allocated huge funds under Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) the year 2016-17 for completion of Western route of China
Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Up to Rs 22 billion have been allocated for Burhan-Hakla  (Dera Ismael Khan Motorway) which is a part of the CPEC’s Western
route, he said in a statement issued here on Sunday.

The 285-kilometer motorway project to connect Dera Ismail  Khan to Hakla area, will be completed in two years at a cost  of over Rs 129 billion.

The motorway will pass through Pindi Gheb, Sawan, Mianwali,  Rokhri, Rehmani Khel and will terminate at Yarik (DI Khan).

Rs 5 billion have been allocated for Gwadar-Turbat-Hoshab  section, Rs 4 billion for Hoshab-Nag-Basima-Surba section,  Rs 1.1 billion for D.I.Khan-Mughalkot section of Western route of  the CPEC.

Rs 4.6 billion have been allocated for construction of  Burhan-Havelian Expressway, Rs 16.5 billion for Thakot-Havelian  etc.

Responding to a question, Ahsan Iqbal said, some elements  were creating confusion about the Western route.

He strongly dispelled this impression and said, work on  the Western route is in full swing and added, Gwadar-Surab Section  will be completed by December 2016 while D.I.Khan section will  be completed by July 2018.

He said there is complete consensus among the political  parties on the Western route and the government will fulfil  its promise in this regard.

The Minister said, the government is determined to  completing the Western on priority basis by providing all  the required funds for it.