Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) has approved four projects worth Rs. 289 billion for the construction of national highways in different parts of the country.
The ECNEC meeting was chaired by Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh and gave a go-ahead to multiple projects including:
- The construction of 306-km long Hyderabad-Sukkur Motorway at a cost of Rs. 165.679 billion,
- Construction of 47.55-km Khyber Pass Economic Corridor (KPEC) Project at a cost of Rs. 77.907 billion,
- Construction of 146-km Hoshab-Awaran-Khuzdar Section of M-8 Project,
- Land acquisition for Swat Motorway Phase-II at a cost of Rs. 20 billion.
The Hyderabad-Sukkur Motorway project will be completed on a Build Operate Transfer (BOT) basis and envisages construction of 306 km long, 6-lane wide, access-controlled motorway.
The motorway is proposed to be a high-speed toll road facility for efficient and safe transportation, which will start from Hyderabad (end of Karachi-Hyderabad Motorway M-9) and terminates at Naro Canal (Start of Sukkur-Multan Motorway M-5). The project alignment passes through Jamshoro, Tando Adam, Hala, Shahdadpur, Nawabshah, Moro, Dadu, Naushahro Feroze, Mehrabpur, Rasoolpur, Larkana, Khairpur, and Sukkur.
The Khyber Pass Economic Corridor (KPEC) project consists of two components involving the construction of Peshawar-Torkham Motorway and link road connecting motorway to Badabher (N-55) intersecting N-5 between Chamkani and Jhagra (55km) in length.
The project envisages construction of 47.55 km long, 4 lanes wide, dual carriageway high-speed access-controlled Motorway from Peshawar to Torkham. Peshawar Torkham Motorway is part of the Peshawar-Jalalabad-Kabul Motorway Project. Its scope of work also includes the construction of bridges, interchanges, flyovers, subways, underpasses, box culverts, cattle creep, road furniture, drainage works, and retaining walls along with allied facilities.
Hoshab-Awaran-Khuzdar Section of M-8 Project envisages construction of 146 km long road from Hoshab to Awaran. There exists a motorable track from Hoshab to Awaran under the administrative control of the C&W Department, Govt. of Balochistan. The existing route is mostly followed while finalizing the alignment. The project road starts from Hoshab and traverses through Qila Darwesh, Ashal, Dandar, Sahar Kalat, Gorari, Laljan, Duddar, Razai, Nurdin, Madak, Malar, Labach Dargo and finally terminates at Awaran. The scope of works also includes the relocation of utilities and acquisition of 29,200 Kanal of land for 100m of Right of Way (ROW).
The Swat Motorway Phase-II project envisages the acquisition of 10,000 Kanal of land for construction of 4-lane motorway 79.69 km in length from Chakdara to Fatehpur as Phase-II – an extension of the Swat Motorway.