Transport Infrastructure under CPEC

Engineering Post Report

Realizing the importance of modern transport infrastructure, great game changer China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)  offers Pakistan  a unique opportunity  to integrate  with the regional markets.
In the transport infrastructure sector, remarkable progress  has been achieved so far, 
On the Eastern Alignment (roadway projects located in Sindh and Punjab provinces) the ground breaking of Sukkur-Hyderabad (M-6) section of the motorway  was done in December 2022. On the Western Alignment (projects located in Northwestern Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan), the ground breaking of  Dera Ismail Khan- Sagu section of N-50  was also done during the same period.
Moreover, the construction work  on the  298 km Zhob to Kuchlak road was in progress. Also, other projects such as Khuzdar-Basima (110 km), Nokundi-Mashkhel (103 km), and Hoshab -Awaran M8 (146 km) were under implementation  and were likely to be completed  according to the timeline. Furthermore, Sagu-Zhob project N-50 was under discussion  with  the Chinese side and was expected  to be started soon.
Due to the construction of Dasu and Basha dams, the existing  Karakoram Highway (KKH)  alignment will be submerged, therefore,  and Joint Technical  Group was notified to conduct the feasibility  for realignment of Thakot-Raikot section of the KKH which has since already been conducted and agreed  by both the both sides.
Moreover,  the concessional  financing agreement  for Pakistan Railways Main Line (ML-1) mega project was expected to be  finalized soon and subsequently, arrangements  will be made  for its groundbreaking..
IN addition to this, the framework agreement  of Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) has also been shared  with the Chinese side  for taking up the project under CPEC framework..
Lastly, the feasibility studies of the following new projects  have been proposed  for consideration  under  the CPEC framework in the Joint Working Group meeting  of transport infrastructure : Mirpur-Muzaffarabad-Mansehra (MMM),M-9  Motorway and  Babusar Tunnel.