ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan will inaugurate of Havelian-Thakot section of Hazara motorway project on Monday (today).
The motorway is part of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project. The project will serve as main route for Pakistan-China commercial traffic.
It shall directly benefit around seven million population of Hasan Abdal, Haripur, Havelian, Abbottabad, Mansehra and other northern areas.
The motorway will also greatly boost tourism as it will provide an access to Mansehra, Naran valley and Gilgit Baltistan.
Earlier the inauguration ceremony was scheduled to be held on Nov 15, but the later changes took place viewing engagement of PM Khan and the weather condition in the area, as confirmed by Chairman NA Standing Committee on Information Technology MNA Ali Khan.
From Burhan to Shah Maqsood is already completed. About 118.32 kilometers long Havelian to Thakot section was further distributed in three sections where 55 kilometer section from Havelian to Shankiari comprising 15-kilometer and 40 kilometres expressway which would be inaugurated by the PM Imran Khan on the November 18, 2019.
ON Nov 11, Minister for Communications and Postal Services Murad Saeed had told the National Assembly that the project was earlier delayed because of design changes for personal people’s benefit whose properties were located along the motorway.
Responding to a point of order of member National Assembly of Pakistan Muslim League-N Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Murad Saeed had said he had referred the case of Hazara motorway to Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and asked it to look into the causes of adding a bridge in the project for the personal benefit of some people.
The changes ordered by a former prime minister in the project led to delay and cost escalation, he had added.
He relayed that the inquiries ordered by him into the design changes in motorway projects led to recoveries of Rs10.8 billion.
Inordinate changes were also made in the motorway sections of Hakala – Dera Ismail Khan, Sukkur-Multan and Lahore Abdul Hakeem.