Islamabad construction work of 296km Hyderabad-Sukkur Motorway is likely to start this year subject to receiving a workable proposal. An official of National Highway Authority told APP Friday that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has approved in principle the construction of Hyderabad-Sukkur Motorway in August last year and issued directives to the Chairman NHA to start work on the project in 2017.
The government has planned to undertake construction of six- lane Hyderabad-Sukkur Motorway, on Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) basis and its estimated cost is over Rs 160 billion. The motorway project starting from Sukkur will touch Khairpur,Nowshehro Feroze,Nawab Shah, Mitiari,Hala and Jamshoro and terminate at Hyderabad.
The motorway will form part of Peshawar-Karachi Motorway (PKM) which will be key part of trade corridor linking ports of Karachi and Gwadar with China, Afghanistan and Central Asian States.
All the segments of PKM have either been completed or awarded for construction except the Hyderabad-Sukkur motorway link. The 296 km long project will be a 6-lane motorway with a design speed of 120 km/hour, 89 bridges, 11 interchanges and 243 underpasses.—APP

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