- Non-disbursement of PSDP funds delayed accomplishment of Hakla-Dera Ismail Khan Motorway
Non-disbursement Of PSDP Funds Delayed Accomplishment Of Hakla-Dera Ismail Khan Motorway
Due to non-disbursement of funds allocated in the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) during previous fiscal year, Western Route of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects including Hakla-Dera Ismail Khan Motorway project got delayed
An official source Tuesday told APP that last year the outgoing government diverted funds earmarked for National Highway Authority projects to other sectors because of political convenience which hit the implementation of 285 kilometer vital link of the Western alignment of CPEC.
He said now Rs122 billion project would likely to be accomplished this year as the present government has allocated Rs25,000 million for the project in the ongoing fiscal year out of which Rs10,000 million have already been released.
He said Hakla-Dera Ismail Khan motorway, an important part of the Western Route of CPEC, and will reduce the travel time from Islamabad to Dera Ismail Khan from six hours to just two-and-a-half hours and would greatly help the movement to the country's Southern cities such as Quetta and Gwadar.
He said the project has been divided in Yarik-Rehmani Khail section being built by NLC , Rehmani Khail-Kot Belian section awarded to M/s SKB-KNK Joint Venture, Kot Belian-Tarap section awarded to M/s FWO , Tarap-Pindi Gheb section constructed by M/s Limak-ZKB Joint Venture and Pindi Gheb-Hakla Interchange being constructed by M/s Limak-ZKB JV and work on all sections is going on simultaneously.
He said the new motorway will consist of 11 interchanges, 74 culverts, and three major bridges. It will have reserved right of ways flanking either side of the motorway in order to allow for widening of the road to a 6-lane motorway in the future. The project will link the undeveloped areas of Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa with the CPEC road network.