ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday performed the groundbreaking of 69-kilometer long Sialkot-Kharian Motorway, terming it an important and viable project as it will promote connectivity of the industrial area with the rest of the Country.
In his address at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Sialkot-Kharian Motorway project in Islamabad, the prime minister said that it is important to incentivize the industrial sector for wealth creation which will help retiring the Country’s debt.
“سیالکوٹ-کھاریاں موٹروے شہروں کے درمیان 100 کلومیٹر کا فاصلہ کم کرے گی،”
وزیراعظم عمران خان کا سیالکوٹ-کھاریاں موٹروے کے سنگِ بنیاد کی تقریب سے خطاب pic.twitter.com/EzbwXi1cKT
— Prime Minister’s Office, Pakistan (@PakPMO) September 2, 2021
The prime minister said that the government is focusing on ease of doing business and hurdles in the way of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are being removed.
The prime minister was appreciative of the idea of involving the private sector in the motorway project, saying that this will help the government divert resources to other areas. He was confident that more private capital will flow into the road infrastructure projects in the future.
Imran Khan said that the Swat Motorway has opened the whole area for tourism. He said that Pakistan has immense potential for tourism but it was not developed in the past. He said that projects such as the second phase of Swat Motorway and Dir Motorway will help encourage both domestic and foreign tourism at the picturesque places.
Earlier, the Minister for Communications Murad Saeed gave a detailed overview of the road infrastructure projects executed over the last three years.
Murad Saeed said that we have built 1,753 kilometers of roads as compared to 645 kilometers of roads constructed by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) in three years.
The minister said that we plan to start 19 more road infrastructure projects including Kharian-Rawalpindi Motorway and Sukkur-Hyderabad Motorway during the Current Fiscal Year 2021-22.
The federal minister said that bids have been received for the construction of the second phase of Swat Motorway. He said that the work on Dir Motorway will also be started this year.