Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Friday said that construction of the road would ease commuting between Karachi and major cities of the country. – File Photo
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Friday said that construction of the road would ease commuting between Karachi and major cities of the country. – File Photo

LAHORE: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Friday said the significant Karachi-Lahore Motorway must be constructed within minimum possible time to benefit the huge population.

He said this while meeting members of China State Construction Company (CSCEC), led by Li Ji Qin, Managing Director of the company.

Highlighting importance of better communications networks, the prime minister said that his government was determined to construct mega projects with the assistance of Chinese government, which would boost the economic activities in the country and the region.

Prime Minister Sharif said that construction of Karachi-Lahore Motorway would ease commuting between Karachi and other major cities of the country. He said that the road will also serve for speedy and early trading of goods.

Li JI Qin informed the Pakistani prime minister that his company had already started the feasibility study of the motorway on their own expenses as technical assistance to the government of Pakistan.

He said his company had recently constructed a 600 kilometer motorway in Congo and would be able to construct the Karachi-Lahore Motorway within three years.

The premier, however, advised the State Engineering Executives to reduce the time period by forming the construction consortiums for the project. He expressed the hope that the project must be completed in less than two and a half years.

The meeting was also attended by Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, Minister for Planning & Development Ahsan Iqbal, secretary communication, chairman NHA and other senior officials.


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Comments (17) (Closed)


Mir
Aug 30, 2013 10:07pm

Please check your preference , security and piece for the People of Pakistan and basic things like electricity ,clean drinking water or motor way. No one will remember. You for motor ways . Forget the advice of Lee kuna You .Please do not be disappointment the people of Pakistan.

Khalid
Aug 30, 2013 10:47pm

Good that something for Karachi also. Hope this would be safer and easier track to travel. Goodluck!

Ahmer
Aug 30, 2013 11:15pm

Nawaz seems obsessed with motorways even in our current financial state. I wonder why?

Ameena
Aug 30, 2013 11:28pm

why is he so bent on roads and trains when the whole country is bleeding with terrorism

munsif
Aug 31, 2013 12:00am

a country suffers from economic crises, but prime minister is anxious to announce his motorways and railways. how can they explain this phenomena. Their announements are only to win people's favour. why people dont understand that when you have good funds available , then it is only possible. kerosine is available for rs.130 per liter, why.

Owais U,
Aug 31, 2013 12:07am

Is creating a motorway all he cares about? How will that help with the current turmoil of the state of nation?

Ishrat salim
Aug 31, 2013 02:13am

This is a good idea, but it is not important in present circumstances, money saved should be diverted to save Karachi, for better training, intel on modern line and equipment for police etc; people will remember PML N who was a sincere and a patriotic party who went overboard as big brother to save Karachi....they will surely be voted to power again...inshallah.....

khan
Aug 31, 2013 02:27am

wow Thanx nawaz.. i hate these under developed roads and takes to long to go from on city to another .. u seem way better than the previous government ...

Talha
Aug 31, 2013 02:29am

seems like you are pretty determined Mr.Nawaz ... hopefully we can tackle these major problems one by one .. (if PPP doesnt come back in power) i mea they took so much debt and only 1.79 gdp growth

Khan455
Aug 31, 2013 02:35am

yes true mr.talha .. our gdp growth was more than 8% (ranked in top 20 today) was during musharraf rule (although i dont support musharraf).. during PPPs rule it came down to 1.79% (ranked ~140 today) so we went from top 20 to ~ 140

Parvez
Aug 31, 2013 02:44am

The people use the cheapest mode of transport .......the train. Why don't you spend much less and fix that first ?

C.M.Sarwar
Aug 31, 2013 03:58am

How can we restrain PM's obsession with mega projects? How can we draw his attention to the actual problems hurting the common man and the state?

Syed Ahmed
Aug 31, 2013 04:55am

Foolish! People want power, potable water, health care, jobs and peace of mind, not motorways nor bullet trains.

Citizen
Aug 31, 2013 07:49pm

Infrastructure development is important for economic progress. Yes, terrorism and law & order are big problems but do we really have to be skeptical of govt's initiative to build a motorway linking Karachi with rest of the country? I consider it a positive development and hope that it finally gets through.

Citizen
Aug 31, 2013 07:47pm

Infrastructure development is important for economic progress. Yes, terrorism and law & order are big problems but do we really have to be skeptical of govt's initiative to build a motorway linking Karachi with rest of the country? I consider it a positive development and hope that it finally gets through.

Usman Khan
Aug 31, 2013 09:57pm

Investment at infrastructure is an answer for economic revival...

pashtunyar
Sep 01, 2013 02:30pm

NS should extend the motorwork all the way to Riyadh!