Sialkot: The authorities concerned on Tuesday operationalised the new Sialkot-Lahore Motorway (M-11) for vehicle commute, a news source reported. As per the publication, no formal inauguration was organised due to the coronavirus pandemic currently raging across the country.
To this effect, Assistant Commissioner Muhammad Izhar-ul-Haq, officials of the Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) and the National Highway Authority (NHA) visited the newly opened M-11 Motorway near Daska.
It was informed that the Sialkot-Lahore Motorway will cut the travel time from Sialkot to Lahore from 3 hours to 40-50 minutes only. The said motorway has 8 flyovers, 4 lanes, 18 underpasses, 20 bridges, and 7 interchanges. It is expected to minimise the traffic flow on Lahore-Islamabad Motorway (M-2) and the Grand Trunk (GT) Road. The total amount spent on the development of the M-11 motorway amounts to PKR 43.85 billion.
Earlier in January, the first section of the motorway was formally opened to traffic.
In a related development, the authorities concerned have announced their decision to develop two universities and three industrial zones along the M-11 motorway.