Rs 20,300m allocated in development plan for alignment of CPEC

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The government of Pakistan has allocated Rs 20,300 million for western alignment of China-Pak Economic Corridor (C-PEC) in the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP).

An official of the National Highway Authority (NHA) told APP on Wednesday that Rs 2800 million have been allocated for 200 km Gwadar-Turbat-Hoshab section of Gwadar-Rattodero Highway including Khuzdar-Shadadkot-Rattodero section.

Rupees 2500 million have been earmarked for widening and improvement of Hoshab-Nag-Basima-Surab Highway. He said Rs 3000 million had also been approved for 81 kilometer Zhob-Mughal Kot section of Kuchlak-Zhob-DI Khan Quetta-DI Khan Highway. Moreover, he said that Rs 2,000 million had been allocated for rehabilitation of DI Khan-Mughal Kot section of N-50. Besides, Rs 10,000 million had been allocated for land acquisition and construction of western alignment and other C-PEC projects, he added.

To a question, the NHA official said that western alignment of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was the first and foremost priority of the government which would become operational by December 2016. He said the province of Balochistan would be the biggest beneficiary of C-PEC while all provinces and regions would benefit from this historic opportunity.

He said speedy work was currently underway at Gawadar-Surab Highway on the western alignment in Balochistan where 650 km long missing link of western alignment was under construction.