Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Tuesday performed a groundbreaking of the 306-kilometer Sukkur Hyderabad section of the M6 motorway. Saying that the project would be completed in 30 months.
The CM said M6 Sukkur-Hyderabad Motorway was a very important road. It was ignored because it was not included in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects. “We want to see the center expedite work on this project,” the CM underlined. He observed that the federal Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) also included the construction of a bridge on the River Indus and 190 kilometers of road.
The project, whose estimated cost is Rs307 billion, was announced by the then prime minister Imran Khan in April 2021 as part of a “historic development package” for Sindh. Incumbent Prime Minister Shahbaz, while speaking at the ceremony in Sukkur today, discussed the construction quality he expects. “I will accept something better than other motorways of the country in terms of quality but nothing less,” he said.
“I ask Sindh Chief Minister [Murad Ali] Shah to keep an eye on the entire project. So that quality is maintained and the project is completed in a timely manner,” he added.
“I believe that Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal should consider the public-private partnership model” the prime minister said. It is imperative for the federal government to follow this model. The province of Sindh has already been doing this.”
He credited his sibling Mian Nawaz Sharif for laying the foundation for constructing motorways in the country. PM Shehbaz highlighted how it was important to connect the country’s largest province Balochistan to other parts.
“Balochistan is an important province of the country,” he said. “Pakistan cannot achieve success without the success of Balochistan.” The Sukkur-Hyderabad section of the M6 motorway has been at the centre of a land scam case.