ECNEC approves 4 road projects worth Rs289bn

ISLAMABAD: To improve inter-provincial connectivity among Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) has approved four major road projects worth Rs289 billion.

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The Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue, Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh presided over the meeting.

The approved project includes the construction of long Hyderabad-Sukkur Motorway worth Rs165.68 billion, on Built Operate Transfer (BOT) basis.

Under this project, a 306 km long and 6-lane wide, the access-controlled motorway will be constructed, starting from Hyderabad (extending from Karachi-Hyderabad Motorway M-9) and ending at Naro Canal (Start of Sukkur-Multan Motorway M-5).

The road project will pass through Jamshoro, Tando Adam, Hala, Shahdadpur, Nawabshah, Moro, Dadu, Naushahro Feroze, Mehrabpur, Rasoolpur, Larkana, Khairpur and Sukkur.

The second approved is the construction of 47.55-km Khyber Pass Economic Corridor (KPEC) Project worth Rs77.907 billion.

A 47.55 km long, 4 lane wide, dual carriageway high-speed access-controlled Motorway will be from Peshawar to Torkham, and a 55km link road to connect the motorway to Badabher (N-55) intersecting N-5 between Chamkani and Jhagra will be developed under the KPEC project.

The ECNEC also approved the construction of 146-km Hoshab-Awaran-Khuzdar Section under the M-8 Project.

The road project starts from Hoshab, passing through Qila Darwesh, Ashal, Dandar, Sahar Kalat, Gorari, Laljan, Duddar, Razai, Nurdin, Madak, Malar, Labach Dargo and ends at Awaran.

Lastly, the meeting granted approval for the land acquisition for Swat Motorway Phase-II worth Rs20 billion.

Under this project, a 79.69 km long, 4-lane motorway will be developed, starting from Chakdara to Fatehpur as Phase-II – the extension of the Swat Motorway.

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