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At the terminus of the M9 motorway in Hyderabad, the Karachi-Lahore Motorway will continue onwards from Hyderabad to Sukkur as a six lane controlled-access motorway that will be 296 kilometers long. It will terminate near the Nara Canal, and in turn connect to the next phase of the Karachi-Lahore Motorway to Multan. The planned cost for this project is $2.47 Billion.This section of the motorway will provide high speed road access to interior Sindh, and will be in close proximity to Matiari, Tando Adam, Shahdadpur , Nawabshah, and Khairpur. The construction of this section is likely to begin in April 2016.

The project will consist of seven interchanges, 25 bridges on the Indus river and its canals.The planned route of the motorway runs roughly parallel to the existing four-lane National Highway and two-lane Indus Highway.


Hyderabad-Sukkur Motorway contract awarded to China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC).

The project will be completed in three years with an estimated cost of Rs 175 billion on build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis.

All the segments of 1650 KM Peshawar Karachi Motorway have either been completed or awarded for construction except Hyderabad-Sukkur Motorway section of PKM.

The 296-km long project will be 6-lane motorway with design speed of 120 km/h, having 70 bridges, 15 interchanges and 243 underpasses.
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It will cross Indus river between Hyderabad and Jamshoro

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M-6 -- Sukkur - Hyderabad Motorway

ISLAMABAD, ( 20th Nov, 2018 ) :National Highway Authority (NHA) has issued tenders for detailed design, traffic studies, commercial feasibility study and bid evaluation and bid comparative analysis for Hyderabad-Sukkur Motorway (M-6) on Build-Operate-Transfer basis under the Public Private Partnership.

According to details, pre-bid conference for this purpose would be held on November 27, whereas the last date for receiving proposals would be December 12.

M - 6 Hyderabad-Sukkur Motorway is a proposed north-south motorway , which will connect Sukkur to Hyderabad. The 296 km long M-6 motorway is the only missing vital link of North to South connectivity, i.e. From Karachi to Peshawar. The motorway will cost approximately $2.7 billion to build.The M-6 will be a 6-lane motorway with a design speed of 120 km/hour, 89 bridges, 15 interchanges and 243 underpasses.

The project is being built as part of the larger Eastern Alignment of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The 296-km stretch is the last missing link on the Karachi-Lahore motorway on which construction work has yet to be started.
 
Work on Sukkur - Hyderabad Motorway start next 6 to 8 month

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Cabinet Committee on CPEC, held on Wednesday, which was chaired by Federal Minister for Planning and Development Khusro Bakhtyar.

The planning minister said that it was decided that the missing link of eastern corridor will also be completed by starting work on Sukkur Hyderabad Motorway ( M-6 ). The project will be completed on Build Operate Transfer model that will help save $2.5 billion, said Bakhtyar.

The National Highway Authority will complete the design as well as feasibility of the project and award of the contract will be done in 2019, he added.
 
M-6 land acquisition in progress.

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The PML-N government had awarded the project to China State Construction Engineering Corporation at an estimated cost of Rs 175 billion with scheduled completion in three years on build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis. However, the incumbent PTI government soon after coming into power shelved Hyderabad-Sukkur Motorway (M-6) project, citing financial constraints.

National Highway Authority (NHA) has re-initiated the process and its executive board has approved the award of agreement for consultancy services for detailed design, traffic studies, commercial feasibility and bid evaluation/bid comparative analyses for Hyderabad Sukkur Motorway Project to M/s Nespak (Pvt) Ltd at the evaluated cost of Rs 61.177 million.

The NHA Executive Board met with Chairman NHA Jawad Rafique Malik in the chair approved the award of agreement for Consultancy Services for "detailed design, traffic studies, commercial feasibility study and bid evaluation/bid comparative analysis for Hyderabad-Sukkur Motorway Project on BOT basis under PPP Arrangement" to M/s Nespak (Pvt) Ltd., in joint venture with M/s ZAK Consulting Engineers (Pvt) Ltd, in association with Sub-Consultants namely M/s KPMG Taseer Hadi & Co and M/s Axis Law Chambers-the highest ranked Consultants in the Combined (technical+financial) evaluation, at the evaluated cost of Rs 61.177 million.

According to the previous model, a certain portion of the project was to be funded through loan procured by the government of Pakistan; however, now NHA Executive Board has directed that a model be prepared without any element of government financing.

NHA officials claimed there was little likelihood of the Chinese company taking the matter to arbitration given the over two year delay in the project execution during which time the rupee depreciated significantly making the project economically unfeasible for the contractor at current arrangements. With the local currency further depreciating in recent months, the project cost would further escalate.

NHA missed the deadline several times to begin construction of Hyderabad-Sukkur Motorway project, which will raise the overall cost of the project. It connects eastern route with Karachi-from Sukkur, the eastern route connects with Gwadar via Khuzdar and M-8.

Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had directed that construction work begin in the first quarter of 2017. However, due to complexity of the project, NHA missed the deadline and work was expected to begin in 2018. According to the initial arrangements, the NHA Executive Board cleared the project structure and advised NHA to submit a project concept note to the Central Development Working Party (CDWP) and take them on board for arranging viability gap funding by the government of Pakistan in the form of buyer's credit loan.

To improve the viability of the project, a certain portion of the total project cost was to be arranged by the concessionaire in the form of supplier/buyers credit. This portion of the loan would be repaid by the GoP/NHA as per agreed terms and conditions, after construction.

The remaining project cost was to be financed by the concessionaire, as (a) equity requirement - the successful bidder (sponsor) will have to invest minimum thirty per cent (30pc) of the remaining project cost as equity, through a special purpose vehicle (SPV), which will be incorporated specifically to undertake the project; and (b) commercial loan-the successful bidder (sponsor) will have to arrange maximum seventy percent (70pc) of the remaining project cost as debt. The project was given on lease for 18 years.

An advertisement was released in the national and international print media on October 10, 2016 inviting Expression of Interest (EoI) regarding pre-qualification of firms. In response to that, 10 firms/joint ventures submitted their EoI. Six international firms pre-qualified for the Hyderabad-Sukkur Motorway project.

The NHA bid opening/evaluation committee opened technical proposals on February 14, 2017. Subsequent to finalization of technical evaluation, financial proposals of all the three bidders were opened on March 7, 2017. Keeping in view the scrutiny of financial proposals of all the three qualified bidders, China State Engineering Corporation emerged first, Shandong+FWO+Sinohydcro JV second and China Communications third.

NHA is undertaking construction of Peshawar-Karachi Motorway (PKM), a high-speed, controlled-access, modern motorway system. All the segments of PKM have either been completed or awarded for construction except Hyderabad-Sukkur Motorway link of PKM. According to the previous model, the 296km project would be a 6-lane motorway with design speed of 120 km/h, having 70 bridges, 15 interchanges and 243 underpasses.
 
Government is preparing a detailed design and commercial feasibility of 296 Km Sukkur-Hyderabad (M-6) km motorway. The timeline for award of construction this project is December, 2019




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