Federal Minister for Communications, Hafiz Abdul Karim said that opening of Lahore-Multan motorway in April next year will be a gift for public. He said, presently total 13 motorways projects are underway out of which, three already have been completed whereas, 9 are in different phases of construction. He said this while visiting Lahore- Sialkot Motorway and Lahore-Multan Motorway projects along-with Federal Secretary for Communications, Mohammad Sadeeq Memon and Chairman National Highway Authority Shahid Ashraf Tarar to review the pace and standard of the work.
The Federal Minister showed his confidence over the project and said that in 2013 the total length of motorways in the country was 580 Km which will be extended with 4 times increase upto 2400 km, which will create a new history in the country. He said, the progress at Lahore- Multan motorway project is satisfactory and will be inaugurated in first week of April, which is 4 month earlier than its completion time of August 2018.
He appreciated the efforts of engineers, NHA officers and Chinese Engineers involved in this project. The federal secretary told that the travelling distance from Lahore to Multan was 5 hours, which will be reduced after completion to 3 hours. He also told that a fast paced work is also in progress at Lahore-Sialkot motorway and this will also be completed till August 2018, and for the benefit of the public the eastern bypass from Kalasha Kaku will also be opened well before the completion of motorway.
The Karachi, Hazara and Hyderabad have been completed and other under construction projects will also be open for general public till 2018. Before this the chairman NHA, Shahid Ashraf Tarar briefed about the completion of Khanewal-Multan motorway section he also told that Gojra, Shorkot and Shorkot- Khaniwal section in also under-construction. He also briefed that Lahore-Multan motorway will be linked from Abdul Hakeem, the distance from Lahore to Multan is 230 km which will cost 148.6 billion.
He said: we are trying to complete every project within given time and for this we are bringing a special strategy under which any contractor not completing its project in-time will be fined, He said, Sukkur-Multan, Havelian-Thakot motorways are CPEC projects, whereas Sialkot-Lahore Motorways are the projects of Government of Pakistan which will be completed through public private partnership, its total length is 91.4 km which will cost 43.84 billion rupees, this four lane project has been started in February 2017 and will be completed till August 2018.