The ground breaking of Rs24.9 billion worth motorway, M-9, between Karachi and Hyderabad would be performed in the end of February and the government plans to complete the six lane highway within one year. Finance minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh chaired a meeting to review progress on the initiation of M-9. The meeting was informed that this project covers the conversion of existing 4-lane highway into 6-lane through addition of 1-lane at both sides of the road. The project also includes the improvement of existing 2-lanes of the rood. Finance Minister stressed that transparency must be ensured in the execution of the project and construction period should be reduced from 30 months to 12 months. Advisor IPDF, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission, Special Secretary Finance, Secretary Communications, Chairman NHA and other senior officials attended the meeting.