Infrastructure Development project involving construction of new expressway to connect Sahiwal with Lahore-Multan Motorway has been approved by the Punjab Government worth Rs12billion.
Overall, two road projects have been approved including an expressway connecting Sahiwal with Sumandari at Lahore-Multan Motorway worth Rs9 billion and the other project involves rehabilitation of Sahiwal-Lahore GT Road section worth Rs3 billion
The road carpeting project was inaugurated by the Governor Punjab Chaudhry Sarwar at Sahiwal bypass. Iftikhar Muhammad Sajid, NHA general manager of North Punjab, said the GT Road carpeting project will be accomplished till June 2022.
It was mentioned that both projects will be executed by the National Highway Authority (NHA) in different phases. In the first phase, Rs140 million would be spent on the carpeting of Sahiwal bypass. In the second and third phase, Rs296.4 million and Rs481.7 million would be spent on the carpeting of Sahiwal-Okara Section and Okara Bypass till Tabrooq Cantt.
Mr Sajid revealed that the 15 km road from Thokar Niaz Beg to Mohlanwal will also be completed by the end of this month. He said this work had been pending for two years and now it had entered the final phase.
There had been a strong public demand for years that Sahiwal be linked to newly-constructed Lahore-Multan Motorway via Sumandari. The demand was raised with the previous government but to no avail.