Gujrat: The administrations of Gujrat and Sialkot districts have assessed the price of land acquisition for the Sambrial-Kharian motorway to the tune of PKR 13 billion, news sources reported. The price includes the acquisition of 4,600 acres of land and compensation for utility infrastructure that will be damaged during the project.
According to reports, the land would be bought in 64 villages along the project’s projected 69-kilometre course. The project is part of the Frontier Works Organisation’s (FWO) Sialkot-Lahore motorway (M-11) expansion project. During the final week of December last year, the district price assessment committee, led by deputy commissioner Dr Khurram Shahzad, assessed the land price. According to Gujarat Additional Deputy Commissioner Revenue (ADCR) Amir Shahzad Kang, the land price was determined using the DC land rate. However, an additional 15% has been added to the planned price to account for land transfer fees. Similarly, the following amount has been allotted for land purchase in various districts under the proposed formula:
- PKR 7.49 billion has been proposed for Kharian
- PKR 2.53 billion for the 3,450 acres of land and other properties
- PKR 3 billion for 1.171 acres land in Sambrial tehsil
Similarly, Pakistan Telecommunication Limited (PTCL) has filed its study on the subterranean wire structural damage that the project will produce. The federal government would pay the land purchase fees, and the overall construction cost of the project is estimated to be PKR 42 billion.