MULTAN, Oct 1 (APP): Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Saturday performed ground breaking of Multan-Khanewal section of M4 (Multan-Faisalabad) Motorway project, to be built at a cost of Rs 12.9 billion, which would prove to be a gateway of South Punjab development.The foundation-laying ceremony of 57-kilometre long section of M4 was held at Billiwala area, some 20 kilometres away from here where the Prime Minister also addressed the biggest ever public meeting in South Punjab, which according to PPP leaders was attended by around 100,000 people from across the whole area.
The project is expected to be
completed in three-year period. However, according to Federal Minister
for Communications Arbab Alamgir, hectic efforts would be made to
complete it within two years.
The Prime Minister said the
motorway would be extended up to Muzaffargarh and then up to Sindh via
Lodhran and Bahawalpur. He said the project would revolutionize
agriculture, trade and industrial operations and create numerous jobs
for the unemployed skilled youth. It would bring South Punjab at par
with the developed area of province, he added.
The motorway will significantly
reduce travelling time. The travelling time between Faisalabad and
Multan will be reduced from four to two-and-a half hours while that
between Multan and Rawalpindi will be decreased by 90 minutes.
Arbab Alamgir said that the
National Highway Authority (NHA) had launched road infrastructure
projects worth Rs 15 billion in South Punjab. The M4 was a step forward
to building a national trade corridor upto Iran, Afghanistan, and China.
NHA Chairman Syed Mohammad Ali Gardezi gave a detailed briefing to the Prime Minister on the project.
The 241-kilometre long four-lane
motorway project will be completed at a cost of over Rs 47 billion with
the financial hlep of the Government of Pakistan, Asian Development Bank
(ADB) and Islamic Development Bank (IDB).
This motorway has been divided into
four sections including Faisalabad-Gojra (58 km) for which the Prime
Minister had already performed ground breaking and work was in progress.
Other sections include
Gojra-Shorkot section (62 km), Shorkot-Deenpur-Khanewal section (64 km),
and Khanewal-Multan section (57 km). Two big bridges will be built on
the motorway at the points including the Ravi River and Sidhnai channel
besides 16 interchanges, as many fly-overs, and 20 under-passes.
The extraordinary project is
believed to pace up social and economic development besides accelerating
the industrial wheel to open up new windows of earning opportunities to
the unemployed skilled youth of South Punjab.
The modern highway will also
promote agri-business in the agriculture rich area that will compete the
other developed areas of the country after the implementation of PM’s
mega development package.
construction is the part of a dynamic national trade corridor programme
to link South Punjab with other motorways.
Pakistan has a 12,000-kilometre
network of highways comprising motorways, national highways,
expressways, and strategic roads, however, they are only 4.6 per cent of
the total road network that runs through this area, NHA officials
said. But, around 80 per cent of commercial traffic utilizes this
network of highways for speedy transportation of trade goods.
Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khan
Khosa, Federal Minister for Communications Arbab Alamgir Khan, Chief
Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Syed Mehdi Shah, Incharge PM’s camp office in
Multan MPA Syed Ahmad Mujtaba Gilani, MPA Syed Abdul Qadir Gilani,
senator Malik Salahuddin Dogar, PM’s media coordinator Khawaja Rizwan
Alam, MPA Malik Ahmad Hussain Dehar, MPA Syed Nazim Hussain Shah, MPA
Malik Mohammad Amir Dogar, MPA Amir Ghani Maral, MNA Jamshed Dasti, MNA
Mehmood Hayat alias Tochi Khan, MNA Iftikhar Nazir, former minister for
defence production MNA Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan Jatoi, MNA Diwan Ashiq
Hussain Bokhari, MNA Nawab Liaquat Ali Khan, MNA Mohammad Azeem Khan
Daultana, MPAA Pir Jamil Shah, MPA Abbas Zafar Haraj, Nawab Hayatullah
Khan Tareen, Pir Aslam Bodla, MPA Khalid Saleem Bhatti, Shabbir Qureshi
the son of ailing MNA Mohsin Qureshi, Rai Mansab Ali Khan, and other
MNAs, MPAs and party leaders and workers from South Punjab were also