The Federal Cabinet has approved the Framework Agreement for construction of D.I.Khan – Zhob (N-50) and Khuzdar – Basima (N-30) highway projects and work on them would soon commence as the formal agreement between Pakistan and China comes into effect. This was stated by Chairman National Highway Authority Shahid Ashraf Tarar while briefing the Senate Standing Committee on Communications on Friday. The meeting reviewed progress on road projects currently underway in Balochistan.
The Chairman informed the meeting that both the projects were included in China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) during the meeting of Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) held in Beijing in December 2016 which also recommended its financing. He said 210 km D.I.Khan – Zhob and Khuzdar-Basima (110 km) would cost around Rs. 81 billion and Rs. 20 billion respectively. The Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC) approved PC-1 for the projects in April 2017 and currently the process of land acquisition was in progress.
He also informed the meeting that the CPEC’s Joint Working Group on Transport, in its meeting in September in Karachi, also approved two more projects for Balochistan including the dualization of Zhob-Kuchlac (Western Corridor) and construction of Naukundi-Mashkel-Panjgur road for inclusion in CPEC.—APP