Construction process of Gojra-Shorkot Section of Pindi Bhattian-Multan Motorway (M-4) is going on smoothly and as per schedule, the project would be completed in March next year. Talking to APP on Wednesday, an official of National Highway Authority (NHA) said that the 62 km project has been divided in tow sections of 31 km each including Gojra-Jamani and Jamani-Shorkot sections.
He said that 50 per cent work of the first package and 46 per cent of the second package has been completed respectively. As per initial estimates the project was to cost Rs 21 billion but due to competitive processes, this project would be completed in just Rs 17 billion. Its first package comprising 31 km Gojra-Jamani section will cost Rs 8.35 billion. The work on package is being carried out by M/s Xinjiang Beixin China alongwith consultants M/S Renardet SA Switzerland.
The package has one interchange at Toba Tek Singh, three bridges, 51 underpasses and 162 water culverts. Thirty one km Jamani-Shorkot will cost Rs 8.83 billion and it is being constructed by M/S China Railways 1ST Group and its consultant firm is M/S Renardet SA Switzerland. The package has two inter-changes namely Waryamwala and Shorkot, five bridges, 46 under passes and 159 water culverts. The project is funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) which gave $178 million loan for construction of Gojra-Shorkot section of M-4. This includes a grant of $91 million provided by the Department for International Development (DFID) of United Kingdom.—APP