Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has directed the authorities concerned to complete the infrastructure projects planned as part of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) by the end of 2017, by mobilizing the resources and completing financial and technical formalities.
He was chairing a high level meeting of CPEC in Islamabad on Monday to review the progress of infrastructure and energy projects.
The Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal, Secretary Water and Power and Secretary Planning and Development briefed the Prime Minister of various projects under CPEC.
They informed that the major infrastructure projects of Peshawar–Karachi Motorway including Sukkur- Multan, Gojra- Khanewal and Lahore- Abdul Hakim Sections of Motorway are ready for groundbreaking. The meeting also reviewed the Havelian to Thakot road project and other sections of Karakoram Highway that are being upgraded.
The meeting also reviewed the progress about the Gwadar East Bay Expressway, Mughal Kot- D.I. Khan road and various other road projects in Balochistan.
The Prime Minister said that the completion of road projects in Balochistan under CPEC would be a game changer for the region.
The Prime Minister directed that all necessary arrangements must be completed before the inauguration, so that the physical work is started right after the inauguration.
He was informed that work on Attabad tunnel in Gilgit is complete and ready for inauguration. The Prime Minster will inaugurate Attabad tunnel in the last week of next month.
The Prime Minister also directed to complete the work on new Gwadar International Airport in the shortest possible time.
The Prime Minister was briefed about the projects of up-gradation of ten railway stations on Peshawar – Karachi main railway line. PM Nawaz Sharif directed for high quality up-gradation of railway stations, provisioning of maximum facilities to the passengers, and to utilize the buildings of Railway stations for economic and commercial activities.