According to a new report, the construction and land acquisition
work on all portions of the Western Route of China Pakistan Economic Corridor is under way and likely the major work on the Route would be completed by 2018.
The shortest of all CPEC routes is Western Alignment of the CPEC which
is 2,463 km length and starts from Khunjrab, passing through Burhan (Hakla), DI Khan (Yarik), Zhob, Quetta,Surab and Hoshab and terminates at Gwadar.
An official of Planning Commission mentioned that the Western Routes’
615 Kilometer Khunjrab-Raikot section has already been completed while Havelian- Abotabad-Manshehra (40 km) section will be completed by next year in May. Work on construction of all five sections of Hakla-D.I.Khan Expressway has started, he noted.
This project is an essential part of Western Route of CPEC and the 285 km-long Motorway will be completed in 2 years at a cost of over Rs 142 billion.
The project alignment begins at Hakla, near Tarnol interchange on M-1 and passes via Fateh Jhang, Mianwali,Kundal and ends at Yarak at Indus Highway (N-55), he said.
Availability of high-speed transportation will pave way for development of health and education sectors too.
He stated that the goal of the CPEC is to promote trade ties with neighboring countries Central Asian States and South Asian countries, which will
make Pakistan a trade hub in this whole region, he said.