Multan-Sukkur Motorway Inaugurated
It is 394 kilometers long and will cost around Rs294 billion. Work on the motorway was started in 2016 and the project is scheduled to be completed by 2019, said the NHA. It is a 6-lane access controlled facility, taking off from Sukkur and terminating at Multan, after passing through several major cities including Ghotki, Rahim Yar Khan, Sadiqabad and Bahawalpur. The alignment traverses through the provinces of Sindh and Punjab. The project includes construction of several bridges, interchanges, culverts, underpasses and other allied structures as well as service areas.
The main objective of the project is to provide an access controlled high-speed motorway for efficient and safe transportation of passengers and goods to and from the major industrial and economic hubs of the country.
The motorway will contribute to the development of an environment, whereby the existing and future traffic shall be catered for an adequate level of service, which in turn will result in significant benefits to the national economy. The fuel consumption of vehicles will be significantly reduced, due to the increased traffic capacity and easing of traffic pressure on alternate routes, like the national highways N-5 and N-55. The motorway will also reduce the distance between major cities.
The bridge over River Ravi provides an important communication link across the Indus River between the cities of Zahirpur on GT Road (N-5) and Indus Highway (N-55) via Mithankot. There is no river crossing on Indus up to Ghazighat which is approximately 50 km downstream of Taunsa Barrage. Dera Ghazi Khan is located approximately 120 km upstream of this bridge. The vehicular traffic has to make long detours to reach the other side of the river, the NHA said.
The bridge will facilitate the traffic from Karachi, Kashmore etc on the western side and Rahim Yar Khan, Bahawalpur, Multan, Faisalabad and Lahore on the eastern side being a short route from Karachi to Lahore. The bridge is 1.2 km long with 12.2 m width. Approach roads including 14 km towards Zahirpur on N-5 and 16 km towards Mithankot and N-55 have also been constructed.
Ariel view of First section of 392-km Multan-Sukkur motorway inaugurated, which is largest infrastructure project under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.