Starting M-8 construction top priority of govt: Asim Bajwa

ISLAMABAD: Chairman China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Authority Lt Gen (retd) Asim Saleem Bajwa Sunday said that commencing work on M-8 motorway is a top priority of the government.

Bajwa, who is also Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting, in a tweet said that Central Development Working Party (CDWP) has already accorded approval to the 146 kilometres Hoshab-Awaran portion of the M-8 at a cost of Rs26 billion.

The M-8 motorway will connect Sukkur-Larkana to Gwadar which is currently under-construction, while the 193 kilometres portion between Gwadar and Hoshab was inaugurated in February 2016.

It will start from Ratodero in Sindh province and enter Balochistan province passing through Khuzdar, Awaran, Hoshab, and Turbat before joining Makran Coastal Highway just east of the port city of Gwadar.

The M-8 will also cross the Dasht River and pass near the Mirani Dam in Balochistan Province.

It will have 4 lanes and a total length of 892 kilometres. Initially, two lanes will be constructed after the completion of which another two lanes will be added.

Saleem Bajwa said this road in remote districts of Kech and Awaran is a beacon of light for impoverished south Balochistan, and will change lives of people of the area.

A day earlier, Chairman CPEC Authority Lt Gen (retd) Asim Saleem Bajwa reaffirmed the commitment in launching and completing all projects under CPEC in Gwadar in line with the Prime Minister's directive. In a tweet on Saturday, he said that the construction of Gwadar International Airport is in progress costing $230 million. He said that it will be a harbinger of development of Gwadar city and Gwadar port.

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday last reiterated his commitment that CPEC project will be completed at all costs and its dividends will be extended to every Pakistani. The Prime Minister said that this project is the manifestation of Pakistan-China friendship. He said that CPEC is the best project for Pakistan's social and economic development and it guarantees the country's bright future. - TLTP