Islamabad: According to news reports, the Hakla-DI Khan Motorway, the western section of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), will be completed by the end of October. In November, Prime Minister Imran Khan will open the 285-kilometer four-lane road.
The PKR 122 billion project was expected to be finished in June, but it was delayed due to technical and budgetary concerns, according to sources.
The western route motorway is built in five phases, according to the Hakla-DI Khan Motorway Project Concept-1 (PC-1): phase one begins at Yarik near DI Khan and ends at Rehmani Khel, phase two begins at Rehmani Khel and ends at Kot Belian I district Mianwali, phase three begins at Kot Belian and ends at Tarap, and phase four begins at Tarap and ends at Pindi.
The project will not only reduce travel time between Islamabad and DI-Khan once completed, but it will also open up numerous parts of the interior of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) to tourism and other activities.