Nawaz Sharif lays foundation stone of M-9 Motorway

Karachi: Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, the prime minister of Pakistan, here on Wednesday laid the foundation stone of first phase of much-awaited Karachi-Lahore (M-9) motorway project which also include a motorway between Karachi and Hyderabad.

Karachi to Hyderabad motorway will be completed at a cost of Rs36 billion in 2.5 years.

Addressing inauguration ceremony, the prime minister accompanied by Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan said soon Pakistan would be counted amongst the developed countries. He said his government was fully committed to eradicate terrorism, end energy crisis and boot the national economy.

He said it is his desire to complete Karachi-Peshawar motorway during his present tenure and even extend it to Kabul for which he had talked to the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani who has also expressed his willingness for this futuristic project.

He said sadly Pakistan lagged behind in the race of development and for this we should blame some of our own mistakes.

He said that preparations are under way for the Khunjerab-Gwadar motorway which would be the part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project.

He said that there is also a plan for construction of Malir Expressway, which would begin from Malir court complex and join the M-9, for facilitation of citizens.

The premier said that indigenous resources are being mobilized for launching of Hyderabad-Sukkur portion of Karachi-Lahore motorway. He said that the Sukkur-Multan portion is part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and work on it would start soon.

He said construction of roads in Balochistan is also amongst the priorities of his government. He said construction of roads in Balochistan is not an easy task and the Frontier Works Organization (FWO) men have laid a lot of sacrifices while construction roads there. He said that the FWO would take up construction of Multan-Lahore section of the motorway.

Mian Nawaz Sharif hoped that construction of motorways would help promote national harmony and solidarity.

In addition, he said that a number of projects are planned to ensure elimination of load shedding by 2017. For this purpose, 10,000 megawatts of electricity would be added to the national grid by then. He said that 3600 MW would be generated through imported liquefied natural gas (LNG) while there are also plans for import of 4000 MW from China. He said that steps are being taken for the use of Thar coal in generation of cheap electricity.

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