The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) on Friday recommended four development projects worth Rs352.9 billion to the Executive Committee of National Economic Council (Ecnec) for approval.
The meeting, chaired by Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Jahanzeb Khan, took up four projects including the construction of Hyderabad-Sukkur (306km-long, six-lane) Motorway, construction of northern section of Ring Road – Warsak Road to Nasir Bagh – and restoration and revamping of Gujjar and Orangi Nullahs.
CDWP recommended the construction of Hyderabad-Sukkur divided-fenced motorway on build-operate-transfer basis to Ecnec.
Total cost of the project is Rs308.19 billion while the National Highway Authority (NHA) will execute the project.
The motorway is proposed as a high-speed toll road facility for efficient and safe transportation, which will start from Hyderabad (end of Karachi-Hyderabad Motorway – M-9) and terminate at Naro Canal (start of Sukkur-Multan Motorway – M-5).
The project alignment passes through Jamshoro, Tando Adam, Hala, Shahdadpur, Nawabshah, Moro, Dadu, Naushahro Feroze, Mehrabpur, Rasoolpur, Larkana, Khairpur and Sukkur.
The scope of work included construction of one main bridge over Indus River, 15 interchanges, six flyovers, 19 overpass bridges, 76 canal bridges, 154 subways, 137 cattle creeps and a drainage structure.
The objective of the project is to promote the smooth flow of traffic on the Karachi-Lahore Motorway (KLM) section, ie from Hyderabad to Sukkur.
After construction with advanced facilities, the proposed motorway facility will provide an efficient and intelligent corridor for domestic as well as international traffic, thus strengthening and balancing economic development in Pakistan.
The forum also recommended the construction of northern section of the Ring Road project from Warsak Road to Nasir Bagh in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) to Ecnec.
Total cost of the project is Rs14.7 billion, fully funded by the government of K-P, and it will be completed in three years.
The project envisages construction of a six-lane northern section of Peshawar Ring Road from Warsak Road to Nasir Bagh, having total length of 8.7 km.
The scope of work included construction of a three-lane dual carriageway, an intersection, a flyover, bridges, culverts, underpasses, retaining walls and shifting of utilities.
The project is aimed at addressing the traffic problem faced in Peshawar, especially on Warsak Road, GT Road, Khyber Road and Jamrud Road and the intersections located on these roads.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 26th, 2022.