Islamabad: According to news reports, the government has approved two new infrastructure projects worth PKR 196.5 billion to improve connectivity in the Eastern Corridor, which connects the ports of Gwadar and Karachi. Another project for the Hyderabad-Sukkur motorway, valued at PKR 191.47 billion, has also been authorized.

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The approvals were given at a meeting presided over by Muhammad Jehanzeb Khan, the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, who also recommended the M-6 project to the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) for PKR 92 billion. The land for the project will be purchased by the federal government under a separate project, while construction on the initial PC-1 will be based on a feasibility study completed in December 2019. This study suggested a 10-year cross-subsidy from the Sukkur-Multan highway.

Furthermore, the meeting approved a health project titled “Strengthening of Existing DHQs, and selected THQs, RHCs, and BHUs.” At a cost of PKR 4.997 billion, this project will be launched in the districts of Awaran, Washuk, Khuzdar, Lasbela, Panjgur, Gwadar, and Kech.

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