Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday performed the groundbreaking of Shorkot-Khanewal section of M-4 motorway.
The project will be completed at a cost of about Rs20 billion over a period of two years.
“Reduced distances will boost the economy,” PM Nawaz said as he addressed the inauguration ceremony. Lauding the efforts of all those involved in development projects across the country, the premier claimed, “No one in the world calls Pakistan a failed state anymore.”
After completion, the project will improve Pakistan’s vital north-south road network, promote economic growth, create employment opportunities and ensure regional connectivity.
“We are not working for a particular class, instead we are working for the entire nation. Everyone from labourers to the common man will benefit from these projects,” PM Nawaz said. “The nation is out of the state of despondency and is now treading the path of hope.”
The M-4 Faisalabad-Multan motorway, which is 240 kilometers long, is divided into four sections. Faisalabad-Gojra and Khanewal-Multan sections have already been completed, while work on Gojra-Shorkot section is underway. Work on the fourth section of Shorkot-Khanewal will begin today.
The M-4 is also a step towards positioning Pakistan to act as a transit artery for goods moving between the port city of Karachi and Gwadar in the south, to Torkham on the northern border with Afghanistan. It will eventually link the ports with land-locked regions of Central Asia.