ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will inaugurate the completed section of Karachi-Hyderabad Motorways (M-9) on February 3, 2017 (Friday).
Four interchanges i.e. Dada Bhoy Interchange, Industrial Valley Interchange, Nooriabad Interchange and Thano Bola Khan Interchange have been completed on this section. These interchanges will provide access to various areas, including Keer Thar National Park, Jhmpeer, Kinjhar Jheel and Thano Ahmed Khan. In addition, five bridges while two Trauma Centres at Nooriabad and Damba Goth have also been completed.
The 136 km Karachi-Hyderabad Motorways project was commenced on September 17, 2015, which is expected to be completed by March 17, 2018 with a cost of Rs 36 billion. Construction on 120km has started including interchanges, 5 bridges, 197 km service road and plantation on 40 km.
At present, the government is spending Rs 1,200 billion on various roads infrastructure, which will change the economic outlook of the country. The under construction motorways projects include Thakot-Havelian, Lahore-Abdul Hakeem (M-3), Sukkur-Multan Motorway (M-5), Gojra-Shorkot and Shorkot-Khaniwal. After the completion of these projects, the total length of motorways will reach 2000 km.
Under the directions of the Prime Minister, National Highways Authority (NHA) is proactively pursuing these projects of immense national importance. Keeping the strategic location of Pakistan in consideration, the present government has started some revolutionary projects like China Pakistan Economic Corridor consisting of a long network of motorways and expressways from Khunjrab to Gwadar.