Islamabad: Minister for Communications and Postal Services Murad Saeed on Wednesday briefed the media about the various motorways being developed under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) initiative — a news source reported.
The minster revealed that the government would be launching eight new projects on a build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis during the current fiscal year. These projects included the development of the Sialkot-Kharian and Kharian-Rawalpindi Motorway, and the Alcazar-Mianwali-Muzaffargarh roads. He further stated that the development work on the Sukkur-Hyderabad Motorway would be initiated in March next year.
The other projects to be launched this year include the Karachi-Quetta-Chaman Highway and the second phase of the Swat Motorway.
Minster Saeed also disclosed that the feasibility reports for the Sialkot-Kharian Motorway and the Kharian-Rawalpindi Motorway would be prepared later this year, while the Balkasar-Mianwali Road and the Mianwali-Muzafargarh Road would be dualised under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model. Finally, the Multan-Muzaffargarh-Dera Ghazi Khan Road will also be built on a BOT basis.
Finally, the minister revealed that from now, all NHA projects would be executed through the e-tendering, e-bidding and e-billing systems.