National Highway Authority (NHA) Spokesman Kashif Zaman announced this Sunday that work on the Thakot-Havelian Motorway is in full swing and it is expected that around 15 km of this project will be opened for traffic by May this year.
He said that the 118 kilometre project will be completed by February 2020, adding that the motorway section is a significant part of gigantic CPEC program and progress on this project is as per schedule.
Project passes through Havelian, Abbottabad, Manshera, Shinkiari and Thakot. In order to facilitate its construction, the project is divided into three segments.
Construction of six state of the art tunnels having total length of 9 Km is also part of road construction. The said project spans over 120-kilometre section of the motorway, and will cost of Rupees 134 billion. Out of the total cost, China Exim bank will fund 90 per cent of the project, while the remainder will be funded by Pakistan.
Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had performed the ground breaking of the project on August 28, 2016.
This project, located in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, will prepare the ground for the socio-economic uplift of the entire region. It will also provide a much needed, all-season link with national highways and motorways network.
While 15 km of the project, starting from Havelian onwards will be completed, it was also announced that the NHA plans to complete the Havelian-Mansehra segment in 2018, followed by the Hakla-D.I Khan section of the CPEC, which is expected be completed in next year.