Islamabad: As per the latest news, the government approved two new infrastructure projects worth Rs196.5 billion on Monday, including the Rs191.5 billion Hyderabad-Sukkur motorway, which will complete a big missing connection in the eastern corridor connecting Gwadar and Karachi ports.

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According to the Ministry of Planning and Development, the Central Development Working Party (CDWP) approved one project worth Rs5 billion and recommended the Rs191.5 billion Hyderabad-Sukkur motorway to the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) for further consideration.

The CDWP is tasked with approving projects worth up to Rs10 billion and recommending higher-cost schemes to Ecnec for final approval.

The cost of completing the motorway project was originally estimated to be Rs165 billion, but it has now been increased to Rs191.5 billion.

The Hyderabad-Sukkur motorway, with a length of 306 kilometers, was a missing link in the eastern corridor’s north-south link, which the National Highway Authority would complete with private sector participation.

According to the planning ministry, the project was addressed at the last CDWP meeting on April 12 and the chief executive officer of the Public-Private Partnership Authority (PPPA) was directed to present a report on the feasibility gap funding (VGF).

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The CDWP was informed of the financial structure, and the PPPA board approved the provision of Rs92 billion from the budget and via toll charges on April 22 to make the Hyderabad-Sukkur motorway project financially viable and attractive to private parties, according to the ministry.

The CDWP meeting, which was chaired by Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Mohammad Jehanzeb Khan, approved a project worth Rs5 billion titled “Strengthening of Existing DHQs, and selected THQs, RHCs, and BHUs in District Awaran, Washuk, Khuzdar, Lesbela, Panjgur, Gwadar, and Kech (Less Developed Areas of Balochistan)”.

Through the provision of civil infrastructure, medical supplies, machinery, and an ambulance, the project aims to improve seven districts in South Balochistan.

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