NHA attaching top priority to CPEC western route construction

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Islamabad—Construction of Western Route of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is included among the priorities of the government.
An official of National Highway Authority (NHA) told APP on Monday that construction of Hakla-D.I.Khan has begun. Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif performed the ground breaking of Hakla-Dera Ismail Khan Motorway. This project,he said, is an important part of Western Route of CPEC. He said that the 285 km-long Hakla-D.I.Khan Motorway will be completed within 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 passed through Fateh Jhang, Mianwali,Kundal and ends at Yarak at Indus Highway (N-55). He said that the alignment of motorway passed through developing areas and its construction will generate new employment opportunities.
The NHA official 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 up-gradation of Zhob-Quetta highway had also been realized and work on Sorab-Hoshab section was in progress.
He said 193 Km Hoshab -Turbat-Gwadar portion had been completed and 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.—APP