NHA recommends to approve Kharian Rawalpindi Motorway

In a meeting presided by the chairman NHA Arshad Majeed Mohmand, the
National Highway Authority Executive Board recommended the PC-I for the
approval of CDWP (Central Development Working Party) for the construction of
Kharian Rawalpindi Motorway at the revised cost of Rs 169.323 billion against the
initial PC-1 cost of Rs 108.41 billion i.e. increased by around 57 percent. The
meeting allowed submission of project qualification proposal (PQP) on similar
lines to Public Private Partnership Authority (P3A) for soliciting their approval as
per P3A Act.
It was further revealed that three bidders were in the run to get the supervision
and command on the project. Later on, a consortium M/s Techno-Matracon (JV)
in association with M/s Powerchina Chengdu as Lead Constructor and M/s ACC as
Design & Supervision Consultant was declared as successful bidder and a letter of
intent (LOI) was issued to build Kharian-Rawalpindi Motorway project.
According to clear directions from the Board, the bidder will be given 15 days
extendable for another period of 15 days in the future, for LOI clarification to
avoid any possible inordinate delay for the execution.
The total length of the motorway is said to be 117.2 kilometres with a 4-lane
access system extending from Kharian to Rawalpindi. This motorway is said to be
an extension of the already present Lahore Sialkot motorway and the under
construction Sialkot Khaarian motorway. The proposed motorway passes through
populous areas of Jhelum, Mangla, Dina, Sohawa, Gujar Khan, Mandra, and finally
terminates near Rawat at T-Chowk (Junction of Islamabad Expressway with N-5).