PM performs ground-breaking ceremony for Karachi-Lahore motorway

Published: March 11, 2015
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: PID

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: PID

As law and order situation in Karachi worsened owing to a Rangers operation at the Muttahida Qaumi Movement headquarters, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived in the city not to address the security situation but to attend the ground-breaking ceremony for the Karachi-Lahore Motorway project.

“The next route will be from Hyderabad to Sukkur and then to Multan,” the premier said, while addressing the ground-breaking ceremony.

He added, “Good infrastructure in the country is my wish and the motorway project is very close to my heart.”

“We are disbursing money for the project from PSDP and not borrowing,” he added.

Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad and Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah received the premier at the airport and accompanied him during the ceremony.

In the first phase, the motorway will be constructed from Karachi to Hyderabad and will stretch to Lahore as part of the M-9 project.

The motorway is expected to cost Rs36 billion and will be completed in 30 months.

Read: Ground breaking: PM to kick off Khi-Hyd motorway today

Officials had earlier said the premier will go directly to Super Highway near DHA city to perform the ground-breaking of 136-kilometre-long, four-lane highway, which will be in addition to its existing two lanes.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Munir
    Mar 11, 2015 - 3:03PM

    Rs. 361 billion? Can any of the readers validate this number? Recommend

  • Mar 11, 2015 - 4:00PM

    Typo, Its Rs. 360 MRecommend

  • Niaz Afridi
    Mar 11, 2015 - 4:38PM

    It seems like a subdued figure, i.e., Rs 36 billion. The cost of Lahore Islamabad Motorway (380 km) costed more than 100 Billion in early 90s, whereas Islamabad Peshawar Motorway (154 km) is about 40-45 Billion. These figures does not include cost of land or any other administrative costs. This is pure construction cost! Think of project that is much more longer than these two.Recommend

  • ahmad
    Mar 11, 2015 - 5:13PM

    Motorway project finally started. That’s real good news!Recommend

  • Zafar
    Mar 11, 2015 - 5:42PM

    36 Billions seems logical as this will be the widening and upgrading of existing Super highway, whereas Lahore-Islamabad or Isb-Pesh motorways were built from the scratch. Further the length of Khi-Hyd motorway is around 140 kms, lesser than the previous two. Recommend

  • shahid
    Mar 11, 2015 - 10:12PM

    In this man’s head, the only way to make country progress is build terribly expensive roads. Corruption, incompetence, economy, energy, health, education perhaps don’t give appropriate share. What pity!Recommend

  • MJ
    Mar 11, 2015 - 11:59PM

    This road is going to be used by TTP activist under Shahbaz’s protection to quickly come into the cities in Sindh to spread mischief and terrorism. Good job Sharif family. Recommend

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