The 59-kilometer long Hazara Motorway project will be fully operational from next month with the opening of its section from Shah Maqsood Interchange to Havelian for traffic.
The motorway project is an important part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
A senior official of the National Highway Authority (NHA) told ProPakistani that the remaining 12-km under-construction section of Hazara Motorway will be opened for traffic next month.
After completion of this portion, the Motorway will become fully operational and provide a modern six-lane road facility to the people of Havelian, Abbottabad, Mansehra and adjoining areas.
The 47-km section of the Hassanabdal-Havelian Motorway from Burhan to Shah Maqsood interchange was opened for traffic in December last year.
NHA had revised the PC-1 of Hassanabdal-Havelian Motorway (E-35) upward from Rs 30.97 billion to Rs 34.37 billion after converting it to six lanes.
Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had performed the ground-breaking of 59 kilometres expressway on November 29, 2014, which was scheduled to be completed by December 2017.
The 59 kilometres long 6-lane fenced Motorway would reduce the drive time from Islamabad to Havelian to just 30 minutes in addition to providing a road to the Havelian Dry Port project.
The project is expected to generate hundreds of thousands of employment opportunities, possibilities of new business ideas and will lead to socio-economic uplift of the whole region.
The project was divided into three packages aimed at early completion. The package-1 (Bhurhan-Jarikas-20.3 km) was awarded to M/S China Gezhouba Group Company and Ghulam Rasool Company as a joint venture with a bid amount of Rs 7.376 billion. The package-2 (Jarikas-Sarai Saleh-19.2 km) was awarded to M/S China Gezhouba Group Company and AM Associates on JV with a bid amount of Rs 6.775 billion. Both packages were scheduled to be completed by March 2017.
The third package (Sarai Slaeh-Havelian-20.02 km) was awarded to M/S Limak-ZKB (JV) with a bid amount of Rs 8.188 billion and this package was originally scheduled to be completed by December 2017.
The project is being funded through an Asian Development Bank (ADB) loan (90 percent of total cost) and 10 percent by the Government of Pakistan.
Burhan Interchange on Peshawar-Islamabad Motorway (M-1) is Hazara Motorway’s start point, whereas it has three sections from Hasanabdal to Jarikas, from Jarikas to Serai Saleh and from Serai Saleh to Hawalian, respectively.
The expressway has 44 flyovers and bridges, 29 underpasses, and 163 box culverts.