PM Shehbaz lays foundation stone of Sukkur-Hyderabad motorway 

PM Shehbaz lays foundation stone of Sukkur-Hyderabad motorway 

Sukkur (Web Desk/Agencies): Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif laid the foundation stone of 306-kilometre long Sukkur-Hyderabad motorway (M-6) on Tuesday.

Addressing the foundation-laying ceremony, the premier said that the development of road infrastructure connecting all provinces of the country, particularly the disadvantaged areas, was crucial for strengthening of the national economy.

"Connecting the deprived areas including Balochistan and Sindh will pave the way for economic and social development besides creating new business opportunities," PM Shehbaz said

The prime minister said that it was a matter of satisfaction for the coalition government to restore construction work of the M-6 motorway that faced a prolonged delay due to the inefficiency of the previous government.

He emphasized ensuring the quality and standard of the M-6 motorway no less than rest of the motorway network in the country.

PM Shehbaz directed the relevant authorities to complete the public-private project within the stipulated period of time.

He also called for improving road connectivity from Balochistan to the up country in order to connect the significant Gwadar port and mainstream the province in the national economy.

The prime minister announced the completion of the Sukkur-Rohri bridge, which was earlier announced by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

Speaking on the occasion, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah regretted that the apathy of the previous government delayed the construction of M-6 for over three years and emphasized that 25,000 jobs related to the project needed to be given to locals.

He drew the attention of the government towards the need for the dewatering of flood-hit areas.

Federal Minister for Water Resources Syed Khurshid Shah said the M-6 motorway would prove as a milestone in strengthening the economy by promoting intra-country trade activities.

Federal Minister for Communications Asad Mehmood said the construction of the Sukkur-Hyderabad Motorway (M-6) was a long-standing demand of the people of Sindh province, which has been fulfilled by the present coalition government.

He expressed satisfaction that PM Shehbaz Sharif was fulfilling the vision of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif regarding establishing a large network of motorways in the country as a step of development.

Federal Secretary for Communications Capt (retd) Khurram Agha said the government would provide only Rs 9.5 billion and the construction would be carried out on a public-private basis.

Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb, members of the provincial assembly, and officials of the Sindh government attended the event.

The 306-km-long M-6 will be completed with Rs 307 billion within 30 months as per international standards.

The M-6 portion will complete the North-South Motorway Corridor, also known as the Karachi-Peshawar motorway, and will interconnect major cities of the country.

The six-lane motorway will comprise 15 interchanges, a large bridge over the Sindh river, 82 bridges over canals, 19 underpass bridges, six flyovers, and 10 service areas. The project will create around 25,000 jobs.

The M-6 will pass through the districts of Jamshoro, Hyderabad, Matiari, Benazirabad, Nowshero Feroze, Khairpur, and Sukkur. Service areas and rest areas will be provided at every 50 km on both sides of the highway.