China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) lauds the 36 months taken to complete the 392-km Sukkur-Multan Motorway as record time. The inauguration, however, seems to extend further.
Islamabad: The 392-km M-5 is a vital part of CPEC’s initiative of connecting Peshawar to Karachi. The highway helps link Multan, known for being a centre of handicrafts rich in quality and culture, to the biggest commercial centre of Pakistan, Karachi. The 6-lane motorway will also play an important role in providing port access to facilitate exports.
The project has also created various jobs for the locals with over 90% workforce reported as being Pakistani nationals. The workers had a chance to learn and gain experience of modern construction technologies, which are sadly not practised in Pakistan.
The inauguration of the motorway was expected to be in this month, but the opening is reported to be delayed another three to four months, as confirmed by the Planning and Development Minister Khusro Bakhtiyar during a talk show.
M-5 will provide the much-needed connection between Punjab and Sindh. Industrial and agricultural sectors will benefit largely. The ease of access to inner Sindh and Southern Punjab will pave the way for a social and economic boost in the areas.