Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday performed groundbreaking of Sukkur-Multan section of the long-awaited Karachi-Lahore Motorway.
The prime minister arrived in Sukkur as the government’s drive to muster support among the masses gains pace amid the Panama leaks scandal.
“It is my long-standing dream to connect all the provinces of Pakistan with a network of highways and motorways and this seems to be transforming into reality. This project will not only connect Sukkur with Multan but this will connect Pakistan with China and the countries of central Asia,” the premier said while addressing a public gathering in Sukkur.
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“Our opponents do not realise the magnitude of these development projects and how their sit-ins will impact the country’s progress. This is the sole reason they are trying to put hurdles in our way,” the prime minister said in a veiled reference to the opposition parties, especially Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). “People reject those who want to lead the country to darkness.”
The prime minister likened those indulging in the politics of protests and sit-ins to those perpetrating terror in the country. “Their agenda is one. They want to disrupt the progress of this country by putting obstacles in development projects.”
"Our agenda is progress, prosperity and development of the country and we will not back out of our agenda no matter how many hurdles are put in our way."
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Meanwhile, the prime minister announced reconstruction of 125-year-old lansdown bridge in Sukkur with an estimated cost of Rs6.5 billion. “The construction of the new bridge will begin this year with Rs6.5 billion while the old bridge will be preserved as a national heritage.”
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The six-lane Sukkur-Multan motorway passing through Multan-Jalalpur Peerwala Ahmed Pur East, Ubaro and Pano Aqil will culminate at Sukkur, according to Radio Pakistan.
In this mega project a total number of 54 bridges will be constructed, including one major bridge on Sutlej River, whereas construction of 12 service areas, 10 rest areas, 11 interchanges, 10 flyovers and 426 underpasses are also included in the project.
The motorway which will be completed with financial assistance from China will provide high speed transportation between Sindh and Punjab.
The 393-kilometre-long Sukkur-Multan Motorway is part of a crucially important project of Karachi-Lahore Motorway which is being constructed under $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project.
PM performs ground-breaking ceremony for Karachi-Lahore motorway
Earlier upon his arrival at Sukkur’s Begum Nusrat Bhutto Airport, the primer was received by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and other high-ranking officials of Sindh government.
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