Progress won’t stop: PM

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Inaugurates Sangla Hill Interchange

Our Correspondent

Sangla Hill—Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday vowed the agenda of “those people trying to stop progress” would not be successful. “Progress will not stop,” he promised. Nawaz Sharif said this while inaugurating the Sangla Hill interchange located on the Pindi Bhattian-Faisalabad Motorway on Friday. He also announced different development projects in the area.
“The people who brought loadshedding to Pakistan… Those people who are trying to stop progress… These people don’t want loadshedding to end, they don’t want electricity prices to come down. Their agenda will remain unsuccessful,” he roared.
“The map of Pakistan is changing with the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Go look at Gwadar. Go look at Balochistan. Then go and look at Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,” he said, referring to the opposition Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf which leads the KP provincial government.“They said they would make a Naya Pakistan, but we are the ones building Naya Pakistan there. We are the ones making road and power projects there…We ended terrorism in Pakistan. We launched the operation in Karachi,” he said.
“Look at the Pakistan of three years ago and compare it to the Pakistan of today… Pakistan is with Nawaz Sharif.”
The Prime Minister said that the federally ruling party was bringing developmental changes in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa among other provinces despite the fact that PTI was primarily supposed to work for the welfare of the people in KP. Nawaz Sharif announced provision of gas to the area given the fact that numerous areas lacked gas supply and locals used cylinders for domestic purposes.
Construction of a two-way expressway was also vowed by the premier from the interchange to Tabba Shah Baloch. He reiterated that energy crisis in the country would be curbed by 2018 as various development projects were underway.
“Today the interchange is complete,” Nawaz Sharif announced. “Tell me, brothers and sisters, what else do you wish for?” “Do you want Sui gas?” he asked. “We will give you that as well, no matter how much it costs,” he promised the cheering crowd. The 3.7-kilometer long interchange has been completed at a cost of Rs 299.202 million and has a 440-meter wide service road, two toll plazas and a traffic control room. The interchange would provide the residents of the area an easy access to Lahore, Islamabad, Sargodha, Chiniot, Chak Jhumra, Faisalabad and Jhang.
Federal Ministers Birjees Tahir and Saira Afzal Tarar and Members of Parliament were also present on the occasion.
The Chairman National Highway Authority briefed the Prime Minister about the project. The interchange would also help the traffic on Lahore, Sheikhupura and Faisalabad roads to easily move to Pindi Bhattian-Faisalabad Motorway. The commercial traffic of under-construction industrial zone in Faisalabad would also get benefit of the facility.
The interchange will link adjoining areas of Sangla Hill to the National Highway and Motorway network for agricultural and industrial development in the area. There are agricultural farms and industries on the route and people will be able to transport products to adjacent areas and other cities.

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