Gujrat: Because the survey of buildings, trees, and other infrastructure on the planned route has yet to be finished, at least 180 acres of land may be purchased for the construction of the 69-kilometer Sambrial-Kharian highway.

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The land of 64 villages in Gujrat and Sialkot districts has been earmarked for acquisition, according to sources in the local administration and the National Highways Authority (NHA). The villages are spread over Gujrat and Kharian tehsils in Gujrat district, as well as 14 villages in Sialkot’s Sambrial tehsil. Following the completion of another survey, the exact measurement of the required acreage could be determined.

However, the sources says approximately 160 to 180 acre land might be acquired as the deputy commissioners of both the districts have already issued a notification of Section 4 of the Land Acquisition Act in the villages.

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Because the project is being implemented through a public-private partnership (PPP), Rafaqat, the project director of NHA for the Sambrial-Kharian motorway, says the federal government has allocated Rs4 billion for land acquisition, while the contractor firm, Frontier Works Organisation (FWO), will cover the construction costs. He estimates that the surveys and land acquisition will take another three months, and that building will begin after the land owners are paid.

According to Rafaqat, at least five interchanges have been planned for the route, as well as a junction near Kharian and a rest area.

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