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.
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.
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.