Govt vows to include Sukkur Hyderabad Motorway and KCR project to CPEC

Prime Minister Mian Mohammad Shahbaz Sharif during his visit to Karachi held high end meetings with the administration of Karachi and discussed the progress on various ongoing projects.

During the meetings he was informed about the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) project.  In 2016 KCR project was included by 6th Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) for its inclusion in CPEC projects but now the project has been revised by to be taken up under PPP mode. At this the prime minister said that under the PPP mode the project would be delayed.

While discussing the Hyderabad – Sukkur Motorway he said that this project will be included in CPEC projects. The chief minister told the prime minister that the Hyderabad-Sukkur Motorway project was approved by ECNEC in 2022 at a cost of Rs.165.7 billion under Public Private Partnership which envisaged construction of 306 km long, 6 lane wide, access controlled fenced motorway. The scope of work includes one main bridge, 165 sub-ways, 123 cattle creeps, 30 Km service roads on either side, 10 service areas as well as 12 rest areas. The prime minister said that he would include the project in CPEC.

During the meeting the Chief Minister was informed about the problems of Karachiites regarding electricity and clean drinking water. Some projects which require immediate funding include lining of Kalri Baghar Feeder Phase-I for improvement of KB Feeder System and extension of Kinjhar Lake costing Rs.35.536 billion and Rs.75.564 billion respectively. The chief minister requested that the prime minister direct NEPRA to approve tariff rates for K-IV. He also urged the PM to make all the required funds of K-IV available so that it could be completed in time. The prime minister vowed to provide all the required funds in time and directed the chairman WAPDA to start work on war footings to provide water and electricity to the city.