Kharian Rawalpindi Motorway the extension of Lahore Sialkot and the under construction Sialkot Kharian Motorway will be executed under Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode on a Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) basis.
The project has been approved by Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) after detailed deliberation. According to sources the project has been proposed on BOT basis and its concessionaire will build, operate and maintain the motorway facility up to the full concession period as per concession agreement and will hand over the facility to the National Highways Authority (NHA) after completion of the concession agreement. After that, the NHA will be responsible for operations and maintenance.
The total cost of the project is Rs 108.41 billion included government of Pakistan share is Rs 36.112 billion [Capital – Viability Gap Funding (VGF): Rs 7.5 billion, overhead costs: Rs 16.012 billion, operational VGF): Rs 12.6 billion] and Concessionaire share is Rs 72.298 billion. The project would be completed in two years and the total length of the motorway is 117.2 kilometers with 4-lane access-controlled from Kharian to Rawalpindi.
As per sources the the project initiates from the junction interchange near Kharian on Sialkot-Kharian Motorway and terminates at T-Chowk near Rawalpindi/Islamabad. The proposed motorway traverses parallel to the N-5, passing the populous areas of Jhelum, Mangla, Dina, Sohawa, Gujar Khan, Mandra, and finally terminating near Rawat at T-Chowk (Junction of Islamabad Expressway with N-5).