The construction of long-awaited (Faisalabad-Multan) motorway M-4, costing Rs 40 billion, will start soon. The project, to be financed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), was designed by the National Engineering Services Pakistan Pvt Limited (Nespak), well placed Sources in the National Highway Authority (NHA) told Business Recorder here on Friday.
The sources said that M-4 (Faisalabad-Multan) motorway was the biggest project of the country. They revealed that all the land required along the motorway had been acquired and the tenders for initiating construction work would be floated in April. The work on the project is expected to start by August. It is a three-year project to be completed by 2012 with a total cost of Rs 40 billion.
They further said that total length of motorway is 223 kilometres. It will start at Kamalpur near Faisalabad and will pass through Painsara, Gojra, Toba Tek Singh, Shorkot, Khanewal and end at Multan. Sources added that the project would be a four-lane motorway with structures (bridges etc) for six-lane.
Maximum design speed on this motorway would 120-kilometre an hour and there would be 25 bridges, 42 flyovers and five service areas, they added. There will be seven interchanges (Faisalabad, Painsara, Gojra, Toba Tek Singh, Shorkot, Abdul Hakeem and Khanewal) on the road. With the completion of M-4, the total length of motorways in Pakistan would exceed 800 kilometres and the people would enjoy the world class travelling facility right from Peshawar up to Multan city.
The sources said that it was among the priority projects of NHA, being a part of National Trade Corridor, and added that the development of new roads would contribute to the prosperity of the people, while the country would be made hub of trade and economic activities through development of communications network to reap the real benefits of the countrys geo-strategic location.
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani during his visit to Multan last year announced that the National Highway Authority would execute the much awaited project by July 2008, but due to some reasons the project was delayed and now it is expected to start in August.