General Manager (Construction) National Highway Authority (NHA) Pervaiz Ahmed Sulehri told CNBC, channel that coastal highway, connecting Gwadar with Karachi, would be extended and linked with N-55 – thus ensuring easy inter linking of Karachi-Gwadar-Khuzdar-Quetta-Shahdadkot-Lodhran and Faisalabad as Lodhran would be linked with M-4.
And, he continued, M-4 would be linked from Faisalabad to Khanewal and Multan.Later on it will connect Khanewal with Lodhran. From Lodhran it would become part of National trade corridor – linking with N-55.
Yet another important network, M-8 being built from Gwadar to Shahdadkot would be connected with N-55 from Khuzdar to Shahdadkot,he said.
Work is continuing on M-8 being built to connect Gwadar with rest of the country.There are two sections of M-8 – 250 km long first section starts from Gwadar and culminate at Hoshab while touching Turbat – this section is scheduled to be completed by mid 2009.
Second portion of M-8 consists of Hoshab-Khuzdar-Shahdadkot.
It would be completed by 2009 end.
Also – 410 km N-85 will connect Taftan through Hoshab, Punjgoor, Bisma and Quetta. It is set to be completed by end 2010.
A three years expansion project of Karakoram Highway continues with renowned vigour. A 335 km long stretch is being expanded from Raikot to Khunjrab. The project is being implemented in collaboration with China, he said.
The share of NHA is 12,000 km long highways and motorways – out of a total of 250,000 km long roads stretched across the country, he added.