G-B Expressway to be the highest in world

By APP
Published: September 4, 2016
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ISLAMABAD: Gilgit-Baltistan Expressway costing Rs82 billion would be the highest road in the world and bring economic revolution in the entire region, announced Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Hafeezur Rahman while talking to PTV News.

“An expressway costing Rs50 billion from Gilgit to Skardu will facilitate people of G-B and another from Islamabad to G-B needing capital injection of Rs82 billion will be constructed under the CPEC (China-Pakistan Economic Corridor),” he said.

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“The proposed Shonter-Astore road will reduce the distance between Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and G-B by several hundred kilometres and also cut travel time between the two regions,” he added.

Moreover, the road linkage projects will not only boost trade activities in the G-B region but will also help carry agricultural produce of the area to various parts of the country.

Praising the federal government for supporting the region, Rahman said the prime minister had approved projects worth billions of rupees to bring the region on a par with the rest of the country.

“All the imported machinery for G-B will be tax-free, which is another great incentive from the government,” he added. “CPEC will not only help us in solving the long-standing energy issue but will also help develop road infrastructure and information technology systems.”

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He told the audience that the governments of Xinjiang and G-B had a protocol agreement according to which people from both sides enjoyed visa-free travel.

“An international standard airport will also be established in Gilgit-Baltistan,” he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 4th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • abood
    Sep 4, 2016 - 10:01AM

    Make the airport and start having flights form dubai asap.we are fedup of travelling to islamabad.we want to go to gilgit gosh deosai.have straight flights from middle east and you will have massive influx of tourist who are ready to pay more.Recommend

  • Sawaiz
    Sep 4, 2016 - 10:23AM

    Ma Sha ALLAH
    Pakistan Zindabad
    Mian sahib the GreatRecommend

  • Amir
    Sep 4, 2016 - 1:36PM

    Gilgit-Skardu 50b for approx 300km road comes to 167 m per km, and the road is going to be built in difficult hostile terrain

    Kala Shah Kaku – Lahore bypass 17b for 17 km, comes to 1 bio per km….and will be built in hostile Punjab

    Something odd? Needs investigation? No…all good in the land of the pure Recommend

  • XoF
    Sep 4, 2016 - 5:44PM

    Please built a world class airport and tourism platform…We Pakistanis from the southern areas always crave to visit these areas. Our trips there will surely create an economy system that will benefit locals of that areas a lot. Recommend

  • Malik Saab
    Sep 4, 2016 - 6:58PM

    @Amir: Thanks for bringing Punjab even in this news. Anyway for GB expressway the government will not acquire any land as it is uninhabited. For Lahore expressway a highly densely populated region have to be evacuated. The cost of acquiring the land per square meter is 100 times higher in Lahore than in GB.
    But anyway the people with the Punjab bias will never understand basic maths and basic infrastructure developmental costs. Recommend

  • arif
    Sep 4, 2016 - 10:51PM

    It’s 22 billion not 82…might be a hearing problem!Recommend

  • Humza
    Sep 5, 2016 - 5:07AM

    @Malik Saab: Don;t waste your time explaining logic to closed minds. Pakistan is developing and improving but they still want a reason to complain. Note at how the world has noted the improving economy of Pakistan.Recommend

  • delhuss
    Sep 5, 2016 - 4:19PM

    Enjoy the purity and unspoilt beauty of G-B before it becomes a tourist jungle. Infrastructure is vital to economic development but don’t allow it to become the corridors of pollution.Recommend

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