Islamabad: After the completion of under- construction motorway projects, the length of motorway network will reach 2,000 kilometers in next three years. An official of National Highway Authority (NHA) told APP on Saturday that during past one year, two sections of 115 KM have been added to the motorway network while overlay of 357 KM Lahore-Islamabad Motorway has been completed. About the under construction projects, he said that inauguration of the construction work of the Havelian-Thakot Motorway section was done in April this year.
On August 13, the Shorkot-Khanewal section of M-4 motorway was launched. The project will be completed at a cost of about Rs 22 billion over a period of two years.
After completion, the project will improve Pakistan’s vital north-south road network, promote economic growth, create employment opportunities and ensure regional connectivity.
According to the contract agreement, the existing 4 Lane Karachi-Hyderabad Superhighway is being converted in 6-lane Motorway, meeting international standards, in line with international practices over next 25 years.
The portion of the Karachi-Lahore Motorway between Abdul Hakeem and Lahore will be 230 KM in length and will roughly parallel the Ravi River.
The road will begin in Lahore and pass six interchanges before joining the M-4 motorway near Shorkot and Khanewal, the NHA official said.