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ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Information and Broadcasting General Asim Saleem Bajwa (retd) said on Sunday work on M-8 project, also known as Gwadar-Ratodero Motorway, will commence on a top priority basis.

Taking to the micro blogging site Twitter, he said the Central Development Working Party (CDWP) has accorded approval for construction of 146-kilometre-long Hoshab-Awaran section of the motorway.

He said this highway in the remote districts of Kech and Awaran is a beacon of light for impoverished Southern Balochistan and will change lives of people of these areas.

"This road in remote districts of Kech/Awaran is a beacon of light for impoverished Southern Balochistan, will change lives," said Asim Saleem Bajwa who also heads the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) authority.

Bajwa said a number of projects under the CPEC are in the pipeline, including $7.2 billion ML-1, two hydel power projects worth $3.5 billion, special economic zones, and agricultural schemes.