Islamabad: The western route of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is going to be completed by the end of this year 2018 along with other 11 mega projects which were initiated in 2015-16. The completion of those projects will reduce traveling time and boost economic activities. Hakla-DI Khan having the length 285km with a cost of Rs122 billion and 81km Zhob-Mughalkot costing Rs8.8billion funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) will be completed by December 2018. “The completion of these two projects will connect the port city of Gwadar with Quetta by Khuzdar,” “With it the western route will become completely functional.”
According to the NHA , the under-construction projects the Hakla to Dera Ismail Khan motorway is an important part of the western route of CPEC and will reduce the travel time from Islamabad to DI Khan from five hours to just two-and-a-half hours. It will greatly help the movement to the country’s southern cities such as Quetta and Gwadar. Meanwhile, another important project Khuzdar Ratodero (151 km) that has been completed at a cost of Rs8.8 billion is all set to be inaugurated this year in April. This project though is not part of CPEC.