April 27, 2021
The western route of the CPEC is rapidly developing: Asim Bajwa
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The western route of the CPEC is rapidly developing: Asim Bajwa

ISLAMABAD: Lt General (R) Asim Saleem Bajwa, Chairman of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor Authority, said on Sunday that construction on the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Western route was underway.

He claimed that the Hakla-DIKhan motorway was nearing completion and will possibly open to traffic in August/September of this year. “The Hakla-DI Khan Motorway development project is well underway, with an 86 percent completion rate. “Will be commissioned by August/September,” he said in a tweet. The Chairman stated that, with the focus now on the Western road, two other segments (Zhob-Quetta and Hoshab-Awaran) had already been started.

According to a CPEC Authority official, 1,100 kilometers of roads have been constructed as part of the CPEC whereas 850 kilometers were under development. The four-lane Hakla-Dera Ismail Khan Motorway, he said, was nearing completion on the Western route. It had a total range of 285 kilometers and had been split into five packages.

Furthermore, the official stated that the next step would place a special emphasis on four major sectors, including Gwadar New City, socioeconomic growth, agriculture, and industry.

The official also stated that the government will establish Rashakai Zone in three stages, while development work on Allama Iqbal Zone is prioritized.

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