Islamabad: According to press reports, Prime Minister Imran Khan remarked on Tuesday (November 16) that the extension of the Sialkot-Kharian Motorway to Rawalpindi would be a huge infrastructural ‘game changer’ project for the region. According to him, the project will improve transit efficiency as well as products and service mobility in the industrial region.

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The National Highway Authority (NHA) briefed the prime minister on the country’s ongoing road infrastructure project during a meeting in Islamabad. The authority is taking steps, according to the meeting, to ensure the efficient and low-cost development of 27 new road projects totaling 1,753 kilometres.

The meeting was also informed that the government is building the Kharian-Sialkot Motorway at a cost of PKR 70 million per kilometre, as opposed to the PKR 370 million earlier predicted.

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The 69-kilometer-long Sialkot-Kharian Motorway project was approved by the government in August 2021. The PKR 27.8 billion project is expected to be completed in 24 months under the Public-Private Partnership (3P) finance approach.

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