ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif yesterday approved the Hyderabad-Sukkur Motorway section and directed Chairman National Highway Authority to start work on it by March next year.

The Prime Minister said that the network of motorways will greatly help the regional connectivity initiative of his government and expressed the optimism that with the quality road networking across the country would help achieve the target of progressive and developed Pakistan.

During a briefing on the ongoing development projects by the Chairman National Highway Authority (NHA) Shahid Ashraf Tarar, the Prime Minister expressed satisfaction over the pace of work on various projects and direct him to further speed up the pace of work on these projects which would likely to be completed by end of 2017 and early 2018.

The NHA chief gave a comprehensive briefing to the Prime Minister on the status of ongoing as well as future development projects across the country at the PM House yesterday.

The Prime Minister was apprised by the Chairman that infrastructure development projects worth Rs 1000 billion, including CPEC projects, is underway and majority of these projects will be completed between end of 2017 and March 2018. The Prime Minister was briefed that utmost transparency has been ensured while executing the development of Motorways projects.

The Prime Minister said that the present government’s vision of governance is based on transparency and efficiency and there will be no compromise on both these components.

The Prime Minister said that the network of Motorways being spread across the country will complement the regional connectivity initiative; speed up development process across the country; increase the economic growth of Pakistan and result in the generation of employment opportunities across the country.“

The years ahead will witness a more progressive and developed Pakistan through our sincere and concerted efforts,” the Prime Minister concluded.