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Hakla - D.I Khan Motorway​

ProjectHakla - D.I Khan Motorway
Length (KM)297
Project DescriptionSalient Features of the Project:
  • On virgin alignment.
  • 285 km length. New 4 lane motorway with 100m R.O.W acquired to upgrade it to 6 lanes in future.
Estimated Cost (US $ Million)• Construction: Rs.110,208 million • Land Acquisition, properties compensation, and shifting of utilities: Rs.11,973 million • Total: Rs.122,181 million
Executing Company / SponsorsM/o Communications/NHA
Total Jobs Created6700
Project Progress Update
  • ECNEC approved separate PC-Is for construction and land acquisition on 07-11-2016.
  • Project completed and inaugurated on 05 January 2022.


NHA to connect Abbottabad with CPEC’s M-15 Motorway​

By Khalid Aziz
Jun 22, 2022

ISLAMABAD, June 23 (Gwadar Pro) - The National Highway Authority (NHA) has invited proposals for construction of an interchange on Hazara Motorway (M-15) to connect with Abbottabad city, the headquarter of Hazara Division.

The proposed interchange will also connect Sherwan Road to link villages in the mountainous region of Tanol with Hazara Motorway, NHA said. The interchange will be built right after the first tunnel on Hazara Motorway (Shimla Hills tunnel), it added.

NHA said that it will open the technical proposals for detailed design and consultancy of the project on July 19.

A 59-kilometer-long section of Hazara Motorway from Hasanabdal to Havelian was financed by Asian Development Bank and DFID. China Communications Construction Co. executed and financed the 120 kilometers part of the motorway from Havelian to Thakot through government concessional loan of $1.32 billion under CPEC. China will also provide technical and financial support for realignment of Karakorum Highway from Thakot to Raikot (250 kilometers).

The road is being realigned due to construction of dams on Indus River.

Hazara Motorway has played a vital role in promoting tourism in Pakistan’s beautiful northern areas.
CPEC: Pakistan to include three road infrastructure projects in JCC

The federal government has decided to include three multi-billion rupee road infrastructure development projects in the agenda of the upcoming China-Pakistan-Economic-Corridor (CPEC) Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) meeting.

According to reports, the three projects are the Mansehra-Muzaffarabad Expressway, the Babusar Tunnel, and the Zhob-D.I. Khan Highway (N50). The decision was made at a Joint Working Group (JWG) meeting presided over by Minister of Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal.

The minister instructed for the required dossiers be prepared by the relevant authorities for the JCC meeting. As per sources, the details of the project are as follows:
  • Mansehra-Muzaffarabad (a link of CPEC) road; is estimated to be developed with PKR 44.72 billion. The PC-1 of the project has been approved and referred to the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) for final approval.
  • The proposal to upgrade the 210-kilometre long Zhob-D.I. Khan (N-50) road from 2 lanes to 4 lanes with the option of expansion to 6 lanes in the future.
  • Construction of Babusar Top tunnel to connect Kaghan Valley with Chilas, Gilgit Baltistan for tourism development
Furthermore, the minister asked the members of Pakistan Railways (PR) to speed up the processing of the much-anticipated Main-Line-1 (ML-1) project. He suggested that the officials complete the feasibility study for the 250 kilometre/hour project and integrate it with the laying down of the fibre optic line project to save money.
CDWP approved construction of Muzaffarabad-Mansehra Expressway (26.6 km) costing Rs44.72 billion was recommended link with Hazara Expressway, while the construction of 11 bridges and two tunnels on the left bank of Jhelum River and Kunar will be an important link.

It is part of MMMM Expressway .Construction of ShardaNoori Top-Jalkhad SNJ Road (50.35 km) costing Rs16.32 billion.


By Fatima Javed | Gwadar Pro Jul 4, 2022

ISLAMABAD, July 4 (Gwadar Pro) -The direct weekly passenger flights starting from July 6 between Pakistan’s capital Islamabad to Chengdu, China the City of Pandas connect hearts and souls of the two brotherly countries.
The flight will expand tourism and people-to-people exchanges. The initiative is expected to develop not only economic and trade relations between the two countries but also to facilitate Chengdu based companies investing in the China- Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
Muhammad Mudassir Tipu, Pakistan’s former Counsel General (CG) to Chengdu told Gwadar Pro that “It’s an honor to have contributed to the realization of the dream of starting Islamabad-Chengdu flight.”
As former CG to Chengdu, he played an active role to start direct flights between the two cities. He said, “during my tenure I clearly recognized the strategic, political, economic, and trade significance of Chengdu and the need to start a direct flight from Chengdu to Islamabad to tap the potential of both countries and people.”
“Chengdu, apart from being a majestic and heavenly city, has seen enormous economic growth and has become one of the best cities to live in. I wanted more Pakistanis to visit the city of Pandas and it’s adjoining inspiring cities. I am very delighted that the 6 July flight will help meet those goals”, he added.
Shehryar Chishti, an eminent entrepreneur in Pakistan, commented that the flight provides a major opportunity to the businesses community to promote their business ties. Chengdu has world-class expertise in industrial and infrastructure development and he hopes that Pakistan’s industrial elite can benefit from that expertise with direct flight facilitating communication and movement amongst people.
According to the schedule, PK-870, the first flight for the new destination, will take off from Islamabad International Airport at 8 am on July 6, and will touch down at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport at 4 pm local time after a flight duration of approximately 4 hours and 40 minutes.
The same day, PK-871 will depart from Chengdu at 6 pm local time and will reach Islamabad at 8:20 pm local time after a flight of 5 hours and 20 minutes.
The final decision on resumption of direct flights between Pakistan and China operated by PIA was taken at a meeting between Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and China’s State Councilor, Wang Yi in Guangzhou, China in May. The two leaders agreed on the increase of direct flights between the two countries.
Lahore Airport Runway..
Lahore International Airport Main Runway, mainly undertaken by CCECC, has been handed over to CAA. The upgraded runway is capable of taking off & landing world's largest passenger airliners, promoting connection of Pakistan to the world.

The Chinese company has upgraded the runway of Lahore International Airport according to a world standard. Now all the major planes of the world will be able to land at Lahore Airport. The Chinese company has handed over the runway to Civil Aviation.



CPEC roads survive worst floods in history: NHA

, Aug. 30 - Sukkur-Multan Motorway (M-5) and Hazara Motorway (M-15) of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) have survived the worst floods in history of Pakistan.

This was stated by Asim Amin, Member Planning National Highway Authority (NHA), in response to a question during a live session on Tuesday. Asim said that the traffic did not stop on M-5 for a single minute during the flash floods that devastated a vast stretch of the country during Monsoon rains. M-5 traverses through one of the worst-hit areas.

Similarly, M-15 also remained safe and did not encounter any flood-related blockage except overflow witnessed at a drain or two, the NHA official said.

M-5, a 392-kilometre-long, six-lane controlled-access motorway was built by China State Construction Engineering Corp. (CSCEC) at a cost of $3 billion. 90% cost of the project was financed by Chinese banks through concessional loans.

China financed the Havelian-Shinkiari and Shinkiari-Thakot sections of M-15 under CPEC and has also pledged to support construction of the Thakot-Raikot section of the road.

In response to another question, the NHA official said that Techno-CMC-ACC, a consortium of two local and one Italian firms, which have won bid for construction of Sukkur-Hyderabad Motorway (M-6), will soon achieve financial closure. 'We have received approval from Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) for the project and only await some information regarding CMC from the Italian government', the official said. “We can sign the agreement with the consortium in a few days after which the project will enter the design phase and actual work could be started during the current year,” the official said. M-6 will complete the Peshawar-Islamabad-Lahore-Karachi motorway link, which will not only ease traffic but also minimise traffic accidents, he added.
Pakistan has approached China for the provision $1.6 billion soft loan for the realignment of the Karakorum Highway from Thakot to Raikot under the umbrella of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

China has already given a green signal in this regard and now a concept clearance for the realignment of the Karakorum Highway from Thakot to Raikot project has been approved by the Central Development Working Party (CWDP) which will enable the governments of Pakistan and China to finalize the soft loan for the project, an official source told.

The estimated cost of the realignment of 256 kilometers of Karakorum Highway from Thakot to Raikot is $1.8 billion which will be shared with a ratio of 90 percent and 10 percent respectively by China and Pakistan, official sources explained..
Construction of roads in different districts linked with CPEC.
CPC West Route: Construction of road from Tarap Interchange to Akwal (Talagang District) has started.
The project will provide access to CPEC west route Hakla DI Khan directly from M to Bilxar Interchange.
After the completion of Bilxar link road from Tarap, the access to Jund-Lahore, Mianwali, Lahore, Chakwal-Dera Ismail Khan and many districts will be faster and faster.



CPEC Western Route 50 Km Yarik Saggo Motorway extension M-14 ground Breaking ceremony will be held in D I Khan today .
It will be shortest one hour Quetta Zhob Islamabad travelling time. It is part of D I Khan Tank , Lucky Marwat Development package...KPK.

The NHA Executive Board approved the construction of CPEC Western Route D I Khan Motorway M14 Interchange Abdul Khel – Dhakki – Kallurkot (Length:45 km) at a cost of Rs.14,257.294 million for approval of CDWP/ECNEC.

1.25 km 4 lanes bridge with an access road at the Indus river connecting Kallur Kot Bhakkar with D I Khan. It will link Kallur Kot with the Dhakki area by 80 km traveling reduced to 15 km.CPEC Western Route Yarik & Abdul Khel Interchanges of 292 km D I Khan Islamabad Motorway M-14 linked with Punjab.

It will link Indus Highway N-55 with Mianwali Multan MM Road N-135. It will be a new link between KPK and Punjab. Dera Ismail Khan Sargodha's traveling time was reduced by more than 2 hours.
CPEC 369 Km Chitral Shandur - Gilgit Expressway under construction.
It will be Tourism Corridor ...
CPEC Alternate Route 153 Km Shandur - Chitral Road N-145 under construction.
KKH Alternative Route 216 Km Gilgit - Shandur Road N-140 under construction ...


N-5 Highway will start in months with Chinese grant: NHA​

By Khalid Aziz | Gwadar Pro Feb 28, 2023

ISLAMABAD, Feb. 28 (Gwadar Pro) - A senior official of the National Highway Authority (NHA) on Monday praised Chinese contractors for their quality work and informed that work on Hala-Sakrand section of the National Highway 5 (N-5) will start in few months with Chinese grant.
Asim Amin, Member PPP, NHA was responding to queries during a live interaction. He said that NHA has evaluated bids offered by three Chinese state-owned firms for rehabilitation of the 51-kilometre Hala-Sakrand section of the N-5 in Sindh. He said that after the approval of the Chinese government, the project is expected to start within three to four months.
The Chinese government has approved a $100 million grant for the section of the country's largest north-south highway. The Chinese government had also rehabilitated several parts of N-5 in 2011 and 2016 after the road was severely damaged by the 2010 flood.
The NHA member said that Hala-Sakrand road will be one of the finest roads, as whatever road project in Pakistan has been executed by the Chinese contractors, the work quality is of optimum level.
He said that the Chinese grant for the project is a gift for the Pakistani people by the Chinese government.
The official also said in response to another question that the Chinese and Pakistani experts will soon start the feasibility study of Babusar Tunnel and Babusar-Naran road.
“We have sought technical and financial assistance from China for the project, which may cost around Rs100-125 billion”, he said, adding that the project will reduce the distance between Babusar Top and Gilgit by 90 kilometres,.

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