Linking Gwadar : FWO pulls off rare road building feat

ISPR says pace of work is 1.5km per day on international standards.

Our Correspondent July 22, 2015
On the directives of army chief General Raheel Sharif, FWO took the challenge to connect the Gwadar port with the rest of the country by a road network. PHOTO: APP

RAWALPINDI: The Frontier Works Organisation (FWO), the construction arm of Pakistan Army, has completed 502 kilometres of the 870 kilometre road network project for linking Gwadar Port with the rest of the country.

“On the directives of the Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, FWO took the challenge to connect Gwadar Port with the rest of the country by road network, which later became part of the western alignment of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC),” ISPR, the media wing of the armed services, said in a statement on Wednesday.

According to the statement the project encompasses construction of 870 kilometres of road. Deployment was approved in February 2014 and FWO units were mobilised on sites in March 2014.

Presently 11 units were employed on various road projects in Balochistan. To date 502 kilometres of road has been completed in less than one-and-a-half year.

The average progress of work is approximately 1.5 kilometres per day on international standards which is unprecedented in field of road construction throughout the world.

FWO has faced armed attacks from insurgents many times. “Six military personnel and 10 civilian employees of FWO have been martyred and 29 severely injured in 136 security-related incidents,” the statement said.

Construction of these roads will link Gawadar Port with upcountry by multiple routes including Chaman through N-25, Dera Ismail Khan through N-50 and Indus Highway N-55.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 23rd, 2015. 


ishrat salim | 8 years ago | Reply @sabi: It is not bad reporting. No other contractors were ready to do the job, so it was the Army which volunteered to execute the project & entrusted it to their construction branch FWO. It is like PM entrusted the Army to set up military court through 22nd amendment, because all the Parliamentarians & political leaders conceded that our present judicial system is inadequate to handle the terrorist related cases. So unless the civilian govt & politicians set aside their loot & plunder, they can strengthen the judicial system instead of making the military court controversial. It is the military who are building roads & houses in the areas cleared of terrorist activities, this is the job of the civilian govt. Not one area has been taken over by the political agents representing civilian govt. Then blame the Army ?
zorkor | 8 years ago | Reply This is a combined effort between the Military and the civilian government which will benefit the country in the future. There is no time to waste and this project should be finished as earliest as possible. Judging by the firing incidents at our border nowadays, we can easily say our enemy is not too happy about this project. :)
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