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Govt focus on motorways network to make country developed and prosperous: PM

HYDERABAD: February 3, 2017. (Nazir Siyal) Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has appreciated FWO Chief Lt Gen Muhammad Afzal and NHA for their hard work and completion of the assigned tasks earlier; he had an aerial view of the completed section and said it was at par with any international quality and standard.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said the government’s focus on expansion of motorways network across the country had realized the dream of a developed and prosperous Pakistan. Prime Minister said in his address at the inauguration of 75-km-long section of Karachi-Hyderabad Motorway.

“Today, the people are witnessing the emergence of a new Pakistan with improved infrastructure and communication network, and we have given reality to this dream,” The Prime Minister said motorways were a lifeline to the country’s economy and were significant in enhancing national unity by reducing the distances among people belonging to different parts of country.

He said his government was completely focusing on its agenda of development and progress, paying no heed to the negative politicking around. “Building the nation is no way a child’s play and requires utmost dedication and hard work, which we are delivering,” he said.

Nawaz Sharif said, “The people of Pakistan can well distinguish the dedicated and selfless leaders from those who have wasted time of the nation by impeding development through protests.” He said economy of a country depended a lot on comprehensive road network, however regretted that those who traveled in routine through chartered aircraft were most critical of construction of motorways and roads. “Such people have no realization about the importance of roads for common people including farmers, workers and students who daily travel through roads for jobs or education,” he said.

The Prime Minister said he was grateful to Allah Almighty as the country had embarked upon a new journey towards progress and prosperity. He said Pakistan too would have been at the top, had the pace of progress not been hindered in 1999.

Prime Minister Sharif said thousands were today getting jobs on projects related to China Pakistan Economic Corridor

(CPEC), while their number would multiply once the project completes. He said plantation was being done on both sides of the newly completed section of the road, while new rest areas were being setup to ease the travel of the people.

He said in next two to three years, work on all ongoing sections of Motorways would complete and by 2016 the country

would have a six-lane road network. He said had the pace of work continued in 1990s, there would have been a road link to every remotest area of the country.

Sharif said his government’s primary focus was on development in Balochistan and said Gwadar would be one of the best ports in the world. He said with the completion of the Gwadar – Quetta section of M-8 Motorway, it was now possible to travel from one location to another in half the day.

He said today all provinces were being connected to others through multiple road corridors, cutting down on travel time, with huge savings on fuel and costs. He said Pakistan’s communication network was changing as apart from motorways, four-lane highways were being built in different areas of the country. He said dualisation of 126 km long Jamshoro – Sehwan Sharif road would be done, adding the federal government would fund the project for the people of Sindh.

The Prime Minister said 10,000 MW of electricity would be added to the national grid this year and would rise to 30,000 MW by next few years. He said there was zero loadshedding for the industries and soon power outages would be a thing of the past.