Road network: Construction cost falls to Rs17b

31km Jamani-Shorkot portion will cost Rs8.83 billion

APP July 20, 2017
A runner warms up in the middle of an empty avenue. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: The construction of 62-kilometre Gojra-Shorkot section of Faisalabad-Multan Motorway (M-4) is in full swing and the project will be completed by March 2018, officials of the National Highway Authority (NHA) said on Wednesday.

Despite an initial estimate of Rs21 billion, they put the final cost at a lower level at around Rs17 billion due to effective project management. The Gojra-Shorkot section has been divided into two construction packages to ensure timely completion.

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The first package, comprising 31km Gojra-Jamani section, will cost Rs8.35 billion and 44% of work has already been done by Xinjian Beixin of China with Switzerland’s Renardet SA acting as consultants.

The 31km Jamani-Shorkot portion will cost Rs8.83 billion and is being constructed by China Railways First Group with Renardet SA working as consultants.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 20th, 2017.

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