ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday directed early completion of the western corridor of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and start of land acquisition for which the funds have already been allocated in the budget.
Chairing a meeting to review the progress of infrastructure projects here at the PM House, he said that materialisation of the western corridor was his commitment with the nation that he made during the All Party Conference (APC) and stressed that it must be honoured.
The prime minister also directed staff of the PM Office to coordinate with the provincial governments of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan for fast tracking land acquisition process. He said that the government had made unprecedented investment in infrastructure projects in Balochistan.
For the first time, 100 per cent funds had been released by the federal government to Balochistan. The prime minister emphasised upon speedy development of the projects along with strict adherence to all the applicable procurement guidelines.
He said that the speedy implementation of the projects shall not compromise by the transparency standards. He said that the projects must be completed within stipulated time. NHA Chairman Shahid Ashraf Tarar gave a detailed briefing to the prime minister about the CPEC route and the western corridor.
The prime minister was briefed about the feasibility designs of the different packages of the projects like Burhan-Dera Ismail Khan, Dera Ismail Khan to Zhob, Zhob to Quetta. He was informed that financial closer of Lahore to Abdul Hakim Motorway and Zhob to Mushakot Motorway had been done and these projects were ready for the ground-breaking.
The prime minister announced to perform the ground-breaking of these projects in November. He was briefed that the work on Khanewal to Multan section of the motorway was complete and the project was ready for inauguration in current month. The prime minister expressed satisfaction on the progress of the development works and directed NHA to fulfill it’s obligation with utmost commitment by ensuring transparency.