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The M6 (Urdu: موٹروے 6‎) is a proposed north-south motorway in Pakistan, which will connect Sukkur to Hyderabad. The 296 km long M-6 motorway is the only missing vital link of North to South connectivity, i.e. From Karachi to Peshawar.[1] The motorway will cost approximately $1.7 billion to build.[2] The M-6 will be a 6-lane motorway with a design speed of 120 km/hour, 89 bridges, 15 interchanges and 243 underpasses.[3]

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M–6 Motorway
Route information
Maintained by National Highway Authority
Length296 km (184 mi)
Existed202?–present
Major junctions
North endSukkur (M5)
South endHyderabad (M9)
Location
Major cities
Highway system
Roads in Pakistan

The project is to be built as part of the larger Eastern Alignment of the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The construction contract was awarded in July 2017 however, construction is not started yet due to pending Government and NHA decision.

All the other segments of 1650 KM Peshawar Karachi Motorway have either been completed or awarded for construction except Hyderabad-Sukkur Motorway section of PKM.

Planned time to complete this 296 km long motorway is 29 months. China State Construction Engineering won the project after bidding process in May 2017 with anticipated ground work to be started by August 2017 and finish the same by December 2019. However, The 296-km stretch is the last missing link on the Karachi-Lahore motorway on which construction work has yet to be started. [4]


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RouteEdit

At its southern terminus, the M6 motorway will connect to the M9 motorway at Jamshoro for onward connections to Karachi. The route will then course towards the northeast, and connect to the N55 Indus Highway via an interchange. It will continue to course towards the northeast to connect to the city of Hyderabad, via an intersection with the N-5 National Highway. From there the road will course towards the north towards the cities of Matiari, Tando Adam, Shahdadpur and Nawabshah in central Sindh. It will then continue northwards towards Khairpur, and finally course northeast again towards the city of Rohri, which lies across the Indus River from Sukkur in northern Sindh province. From Rohri, a controlled access motorway will continue onwards towards Multan and Islamabad.

FinancingEdit

Construction of the motorway is to cost an estimated $1.7 billion.[5] While the government of China has extended low interest concessionary loans to cover large portions of CPEC infrastructure projects,[6] the government of Pakistan in July 2016 decided to allow international bidding for the project, citing difficulty meeting Pakistan's required financial contributions for utilization of concessionary Chinese loans.[7] Chinese and South Korean companies have reportedly shown early interest in the project.[8]

InterchangesEdit

Hyderabad-Sukkur Motorway

M-6

Interchange Junction Location
Jamshoro 1 M-9 Jamshoro
N-55 2 Jamshoro Sehwan Rd
Hyderabad 3 N-5
Matiari 4 Tando Allah Yar Rd
Oderolal 5 Khyber Rd
Tando Adam 6 Bhit Shah Rd
Shahdadpur 7 Hala Rd
Nawabshah 8 Sakrand Rd
Daur 9 Daur-Moro Rd
Padidan 10 Padidan-N.Feroze Rd
Bhiria Road 11 Bhiria Road
Mehrabpur 12 Mehrabpur Rd
Gadeji 13 N-5
Khairpur-Larkana 14 Khairpur-Larkana Rd
Khairpur 15 Khairpur Rd

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Hyderabad-Sukkur section: China, S Korea lobbying for M-6 motorway". The Express Tribune. 28 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Hyderabad-Sukkur section: China, S Korea lobbying for M-6 motorway". The Express Tribune. 28 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Karachi-Lahore motorway: Stakeholders unhappy with environment impact report". The Express Tribune. 6 March 2015. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  4. ^ "PAKISTAN Hyderabad-Sukkur Motorway: project shelved due to financial constraints". Business Recorder. 24 December 2018. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Hyderabad-Sukkur section: China, S Korea lobbying for M-6 motorway". The Express Tribune. 28 July 2016.
  6. ^ Butt, Naveed (3 September 2015). "ECONOMIC CORRIDOR: CHINA TO EXTEND ASSISTANCE AT 1.6 PERCENT INTEREST RATE". Business Recorder. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  7. ^ "Hyderabad-Sukkur section: China, S Korea lobbying for M-6 motorway". The Express Tribune. 28 July 2016.
  8. ^ "Hyderabad-Sukkur section: China, S Korea lobbying for M-6 motorway". The Express Tribune. 28 July 2016.

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