Construction of Hyderabad Sukkur Motorway approved on BOT basis

The long-delayed Hyderabad Sukkur Motorway project which was being executed by the Khan government on a Public Private Partnership basis has been approved by the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) on Built-Operate-Transfer (BOT) basis.

The project has been approved on a revised cost of Rs 308,194 million, with the government share of Rs10.3 billion (Rs9,500 million as capital viability gap fund (VGF), Rs300 million as the NHA establishment charges, and Rs500 million as contingencies). This project will be executed by NHA and envisages construction of 306 kms long, six-lane wide, divided fenced road between Hyderabad and Sukkur. The Hyderabad Sukkur part of the motorway is the only sector remaining to connect Peshawar to Karachi with Motorway.

During the meeting of ECNEC, further development projects were also discussed and approved. The meeting considered and approved the construction of Lahore-Sialkot Motorway (LSM) link Highway (04-Lane) connecting LSM to Narang Mandi and Kartarpur Narowal including Narowal Eastern bypass at a revised rationalized cost of Rs17,379.949 million. Under this project 73-kms long 04-lane dual carriageway, connecting Kartarpur with Lahore-Sialkot Motorway and Nankana will be built within 3 years.

The meeting also approved the project on the construction of Northern section of Ring Road (missing link), from Warsak road to Nasir Bagh road with a cost of Rs16,489.198 million and fully funded and executed by government of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. The project envisages the construction of 6-lane with a total length of 8.7kms to be completed in three years.