ISLAMABAD: The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Authority (CPEC) has started preparations to carry out a feasibility study before upgrading the Karachi-Quetta Chaman Road to a toll road, ARY News reported on Wednesday.
CPEC Authority Chairman Asim Saleem Bajwa said in a Twitter message that Prime Minister Imran Khan agreed in principle to a plan to upgrade the Karachi-Quetta Chaman Road to the Toll Road. Bajwa also distributed advertisements to hire consultants to prepare their feasibility reports based on build-operate-transfer (BOT).
He said the plan to improve the 790km-long road that is most frequently visited is important to avoid accidents because of its dilapidated condition and to meet the needs of travelers. In addition, it will also improve the connectivity of areas that were previously neglected.
Previously neglected areas: PM agreed in principle, to upgrade Kci-Qta-Chaman Road to Expressway: Here is an advertisement for hiring a consultant for a feasibility study (BOT). The most visited road in Balochistan (790 km), the highest accident due to conditions, urgent needs of the people #PakistanMovingForward pic.twitter.com/GAPhiHuCnW
– Asim Saleem Bajwa (@AsimSBajwa) 23 September 2020
Earlier on Tuesday, Asim Saleem Bajwa said that Prime Minister Imran Khan was calling for the government to focus on improving the previously displaced areas.
In a Twitter postsBajwa, who also heads the CPEC Authority, said of the 18 approved border markets, three, including Mand and Gabd to be established in Balochistan and ShaheedanoDan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, had been approved as pilot projects. These markets will transform local economies, inspect smuggling and formalize trade with neighboring countries, he stressed.
Integrating Remote Areas: PM emphasizes a focus on previously neglected areas. Of the 18, 3 border markets were approved as pilot projects; Mand & Gabd in Balochistan & Shaheedano and in KP, Will transform local economies, inspect smuggling & formalize trade with neighbors #PakistanMovingForward pic.twitter.com/24NqPJ8Uyg
– Asim Saleem Bajwa (@AsimSBajwa) 22 September 2020