Islamabad: Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan on Thursday (September 2) laid the foundation stone of the 69-kilometre long Sialkot-Kharian Motorway project, according to news sources.
PM Imran Khan, while addressing the ceremony, appreciated the efforts of the Federal Minister for Communication Murad Saeed and the National Highways Authority (NHA) for saving PKR 26 billion in construction costs. He went on to say that this public-private partnership project is important as it will help in the transportation of products produced by industries in Sialkot to the ports for exports, along with facilitating passengers.
Moreover, the premier mentioned that the incumbent government is focusing on making it easy to do business in the country and promises to remove challenges faced by the enterprises. He stated that including the private sector in this motorway project was a smart move as it will help government divert resources to other projects.
Talking about the importance of motorways, PM Imran Khan mentioned that such projects will help promote foreign and domestic tourism. Swat Motorway has boosted tourism in the area, PM Khan added.
Earlier, Minister for Communications Murad Saeed shared the details about the project. It was reported that the Sialkot-Kharian Motorway project is the centre part of the Lahore-Rawalpindi Motorway. The first part Lahore-Sialkot has been completed while the third part – Kharian to Rawalpindi – will be completed soon. Furthermore, he mentioned that 19 road infrastructure projects are in pipeline including Sukkur-Hyderabad, the second phase of Swat Motorway, and Dir Motorway.