PM directs Islamabad airport completion before mid April

Islamabad-Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday directed that work on new Islamabad International Airport should be expedited to ensure its inauguration by mid of April.

The prime minister was chairing a briefing on various ongoing connectivity and road infrastructure projects at Prime Minister’s Office. Progress on new Islamabad Airport was also reviewed during the meeting, the PM office media wing said in a statement. The secretary aviation briefed the premier that physical work on infrastructure and airport-related allied facilities had been completed while the integration process was underway.

Minister for Interior and Planning Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for Communications Hafiz Abdul Karim, Minister of State for Communications Junaid Anwaar Chaudhry, federal secretaries, chairman National Highway Authority (NHA) and senior officers attended the meeting.

Chairman NHA Jawad Anwaar while briefing the meeting on the progress into construction of Airport Metro Bus Project informed that infrastructure would be completed by May 15. He also briefed about the progress of various landmark road projects spread all across the country, which either had been completed or were ready for ground-breaking within next few weeks.

Expressing satisfaction over addition of extensive network of motorways, expressways and national highways to the existing road infrastructure, the prime minister observed that addition of new road network would have huge impact on transforming lives of the people by offering better connectivity and greater economic opportunities.

The chairman NHA requested the prime minister for his time to inaugurate/perform ground breaking ceremonies of these important projects.

The meeting was also briefed on various road infrastructure projects being built in Balochistan. The prime minister also approved construction of 110 kilometres long Khuzdar-Basima road project through PSDP.

The chairman NHA said that since 2013, 28 major connectivity projects involving road infrastructure of 2,520 kilometres had been completed at a cost of Rs235.69 billion.

The prime minister appreciated NHA and its team for the progress made so far and said that efforts must continue to ensure early completion of the ongoing projects.

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