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The M5 (Urdu: موٹروے 5‎) is an under construction north-south motorway in Pakistan, which will connect Multan to Sukkur. The motorway is 392 km long.[2] The motorway is a component of the multi-phase Peshawar Karachi Motorway planned under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor [3]

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M–5 Motorway
Route information
Maintained by National Highway Authority
Length392 km[1] (244 mi)
Existed2018–present
Major junctions
North endMultan (M4)
South endSukkur (M6)
Location
Major cities
Highway system
Roads in Pakistan

Contents

HistoryEdit

It is a major component of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor and will cost approximately $2.94 billion, with the bulk of financing to be distributed by various Chinese state-owned banks.[4] Approval for a Chinese-financed motorway between Karachi and Lahore predates the formal announcement of CPEC, and was granted in July 2014.[5]

RouteEdit

The 392 kilometer Multan to Sukkur section of the motorway is estimated to cost $2.89 billion,[2] and will be six lanes wide.[6] 90% of the project's cost is to be financed through concessionary loans from China, while the remaining will be financed by government of Pakistan.[7] The Pakistani government in May 2016 awarded the contact to build this section to China State Construction Engineering.[2] It is due to be completed in August 2019.[2] Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif inaugurated the Multan-Sukkur Motorway on May 6, 2016. Actual ground work started in August 2016, Starting from Multan the six lane motorway would pass through Jalalpur Peerwala, Ahmed Pur East, Rahimyar Khan, Sadiqabad, Ubaro, Pano Aqil and end at Sukkur. The project would consist of 54 bridges including one major bridge on River Sutlej. The motorway will have 12 service areas, 10 rest areas, 11 interchanges, 10 flyovers, and 426 underpasses.[8] The M5 Motorway project forms a cornerstone of the much-larger China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). CPEC projects are financed by concessionary loans with interest rates of 1.6%.[9] China will finance up to 90% of the cost, while the remaining 10% is to be financed by the Public Sector Development Program of the Pakistani Government.[10]

Planned time to complete this 392 km long motorway is 36 months. China State Construction Engineering company is working ahead of schedule and will be completing this project in 34 months by June 2019.

InterchangesEdit

M-5 Multan Sukkur Motorway
Interchange Junction Location
Multan   Bahawalpur Rd
Shujaabad   Lodhran Rd
Jalalpur Pirwala   Lodhran Rd
Uch Sharif   Alipur Rd
Taranda  
Zahir Peer   Chachran Sharif Rd
Bahadarpur   Kaman Bhutta - Sadiqabad N5
Guddu   Sadiqabad Kashmore Rd
Ghotki   JDW Unit 3Sugar Mill Rd
Pano Aqil   Local Rd
Sukkur     N-5

3. Expected Completion:

Motorway M5 is planned for completion and opening for public in August, 2019. [11]

Lijian Zhao, Chinese Deputy Chief, tweeted on July 12, 2019: "MashAllah! Peshawar-Karachi Mortorway (Multan-Sukkur section or #M5) has been completed. It created 23000 local jobs. It will be open to traffic soon. It is the largest project under CPEC. China Construction did a terrific job! @CPEC_CSCEC" [12]


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "M5 motorway Length". nha.gov.pk. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d "China's CSCEC to build $2.9bn motorway in Pakistan as part of planned 'corridor'". Global Construction Review. 8 January 2016. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  3. ^ http://www.cpecinfo.com/cpec-news-detail?id=NTEzNg==
  4. ^ "Karachi-Lahore motorway: Project to be completed in 3 years". Pakistan Tribune. 29 January 2015. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 700 Billion Pak rupees = $6.6 billion USD as of December 16, 2015
  5. ^ "Karachi to Lahore Motorway Project Approved". Dawn. 4 July 2014. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  6. ^ "China's CSCEC to build $2.9bn motorway in Pakistan as part of planned 'corridor'". Global Construction Review.
  7. ^ Haider, Mehtab (28 May 2014). "Govt allocates Rs73 billion for Pakistan-China trade corridor". The News. Archived from the original on 18 October 2015. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  8. ^ Rafique, Faisal (6 May 2016). "PM Nawaz Sharif inaugurates Multan-Sukkur motorway". Geo TV. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  9. ^ Butt, Naveed (3 September 2015). "ECONOMIC CORRIDOR: CHINA TO EXTEND ASSISTANCE AT 1.6 PERCENT INTEREST RATE". Business Recorder. Archived from the original on 17 November 2015. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  10. ^ Rana, Shahbaz (3 July 2014). "ECNEC approves construction of 387 km leg of Karachi-Lahore motorway". Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  11. ^ http://cpec.gov.pk/project-details/29
  12. ^ https://dunyanews.tv/en/Pakistan/500154-Chinese-Deputy-Chief-Zhao-felicitates-motorway-section-M5-completion