Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Friday, declared Pak- China Economic Corridor as was future of the country, saying it would make Pakistan a hub of transit trade in the region.
“It would also connect Pakistan with China and Central Asian countries” Prime Minister said while chairing a meeting here to discuss the Pak-China Trade Corridor from Kashgar to Khunjrab and Gawader.
The Prime Minister, principally, approved the proposed alignment of Pak-China Trade Corridor, with the directions to further evaluate the proposal in terms of time and cost efficiency.
The meeting was attended by Mr. Muhammad Ishaq Dar Minister for Finance, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal Minister for Planning and Development, Mr. Pervez Rashid Minister for Information, Broadcasting & National Heritage, Khawaja Saad Rafiq, Minister for Railways and Mr. Tariq Fatmi, Special Assistant to PM and other officials.
Earlier the Prime Minister was given a detailed briefing on the alignment of the Economic Corridor starting from Khujrab Pass and ending at Gawader and Lahore- Karachi Motorway.
The meeting also discussed alternate and shorter route along KKH, connecting Chilas with Mansehra through Babusar Top. The Prime Minister directed that this route should be developed on priority basis and a tunnel should be made across Babusar top making it accessible throughout the year.
He directed that this route should be connected with Muzaffarabad through a road from Balakot and Garhi Habibullah. The distances must be reduced by building connecting bridges and tunnels by using latest technologies and equipments, he added.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif also directed to prepare feasibility for constructing a road between Hawalian and Islamabad to provide a shorter route to commuters from Gilgit, Mansehra and Abottabad. The Premier stressed the need for mitigating environmental impacts during the construction of these roads.
The meeting also approved construction of Muzafarabad - Mirpur road which will reduce the distance between the two cities to 150 km and give Mirpur direct access to G.T road at Dina.
During the briefing the Prime Minister was told that the alignment for Lahore-Karachi Motorway will start from Babo Sabo Interchange on M-2 passing through Khanewal, Multan, Sukkur, Khair Pur and Dadu.
While addressing the meeting, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif also directed to provide interconnectivity and linkages between Pakistan Economic Corridor, Indus Highway, Motorways and Grand Trunk Road to provide impetus to the economic activities in the country and easier travel facilities to commuters.