HARIPUR, Aug 13: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Thursday that a network of motorways, expressways and roads is being built for better connectivity to bring prosperity across the country.
He was speaking at a briefing on Hazara Motorway at Chechian near Haripur on Thursday. The PM went on to say that Hazara Motorway will now be six lanes instead of four.
The Prime Minister said Hazara Motorway will be of six lanes. He said the government has allocated one hundred and twelve billion rupees for construction of roads in the current fiscal year.
He said construction of motorway from Havelian to Mansehra will begin soon. He said a four-lane road will be constructed from Mansehra to Thakot.
Nawaz Sharif said a road linking Gilgit Baltistan to Thakot is under construction, which will link Pakistan to China, and we will complete it in two years. The road is part of China Pakistan Economic Corridor.
He said communication links will be strengthened among regional countries. He said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will bring progress and prosperity to the region.
The prime minister said Lowari Tunnel will be completed in two years. He said a seven-kilometer long tunnel with a cost of about twenty-seven billion rupees has also been constructed in Gilgit Baltistan where the road had been washed away at Attabad.
Nawaz Sharif said it has been decided in principle to build Gwadar Port as an international free port.
Earlier, the officials of National Highway Authority briefed the Prime Minister on Hazara Motorway.
Sixty-kilometer long Burhan-Havailian section will cost 22.34 billion rupees.
The project will be completed by December 2016 instead of March 2017 as per directions of the prime minister.