ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will inaugurate the completed section of the Karachi-Hyderabad Motorway (M-9) on February 3, the premier’s office announced in a press statement on Wednesday.
The 75-kilometre section of M-9 which has been completed includes four interchanges – Dadabhoy Interchange, Industrial Valley Interchange, Nooriabad Interchange and Thano Bola Khan Interchange.
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These interchanges will provide access to various areas including Kirthar National Park, Jhampeer, Lake Keenjhar and Thano Ahmed Khan. Five bridges and two trauma centres – at Nooriabad and Damba Goth – have also been completed as part of this section.
Work on the 136km Karachi-Hyderabad Motorway project was begun on Sept 17, 2016, and is expected to be ready by March 17, 2018 at a cost of Rs36 billion. Construction work has also been started on a 120km patch including interchanges, five bridges, 197 km service road and plantation on 40km.
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At present, the government is spending Rs1,200 billion on various roads infrastructure, which, it claims, will change the economic outlook of the country.
The under-construction motorway projects include Thakot-Havelian, Lahore-Abdul Hakeem (M-3), Sukkur-Multan Motorway (M-5), Gojra-Shorkot and Shorkot-Khanewal. Upon completion of these projects, the total length of the motorways will reach 2,000 km.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 2nd, 2017.