Work on all portions of CPEC Western Route underway

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ISLAMABAD, Sep 19 (APP): The construction and land acquisition
work on all portions of the Western Route of China Pakistan Economic
Corridor is under way and the major work on the Route is expected to
be completed by next year.
The shortest of all CPEC routes is Western Alignment of the
CPEC which is 2,463 km length and starts from Khunjrab, passing
through Burhan (Hakla), DI Khan (Yarik), Zhob, Quetta,Surab and
Hoshab and terminates at Gwadar.
An official of Planning Commission told APP that the Western
Routes’ 615 Kilometer Khunjrab Raikot section has already been
completed while Havelian Abotabad Manshehra (40 km) section will be
completed by May, 2018.
He said work on construction of all five sections of Hakla
D.I.Khan Expressway had begun.
This project is an important part of Western Route of CPEC and
the 285 km long Motorway will be completed in two years at a cost of
more than Rs 142 billion.
He said that the project alignment started at
Hakla,near Tarnol interchange on M 1 and passes through Fateh
Jhang,Mianwali,Kundal and ended at Yarak at Indus Highway (N 55).
He said that the alignment of motorway passed through
developing areas and its construction would generate new employment
opportunities.
Availability of high speed transportation will pave way for
improvement of health and education sectors as well, and local
produces will easily be taken to the big markets.
He said that ground breaking of the up gradation of
Zhob Mughalkot section was performed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
in December 2015.
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.
The objective of the CPEC was to promote trade ties with
neighboring countries Central Asian States and South Asian
countries, which would ultimately make Pakistan a trade
hub in this whole region, he said.
Similarly, the Sorab Hoshab highway forms an important link on
the western route of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and
has been completed at an estimated cost of Rs 22 billion.
The highway is 449 kilometers long and links the Gwadar port
to the north.
The official said that with the completion of the highway, the
distance time from Gwadar to Quetta had been reduced from 48 hours
to only 10 hours.