Says Govt believes in speedy completion of development projects
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday visited the new Islamabad International Airport here near Fateh Jang to observe the latest development and performed the ground breaking of the Metro bus link to be constructed between Peshawar More to New Islamabad International airport.
Talking to media on the occasion, the Prime Minister said the government believes in the speedy completion of development projects without making any compromise on their quality. Nawaz Sharif pointed out modern infrastructure including airports, highways, motorways and transport system are the hallmark of a dignified nation. He said these projects are vital to give an impetus to the economic growth as these lure the industrialists to invest in the country. Modern road infrastructure also facilitates the peasants to transport their products to the markets.
The Prime Minister regretted the delays that were witnessed by different projects in the past saying the government injected the necessary resources to revive and complete these projects.
When asked about those who were critical of the new roads, the Prime Minister said “May Allah show them right direction.”
To a question, he said his government, unlike the governments in the past, believed in transparency. He said there have been mega corruption scams in the past where huge national resources were wasted. He said all these matters would reach a logical conclusion.
Shahid Afzal Tarar Chairman NHA briefed the Prime Minister and informed him that the project would be completed by August 14. He said the task was assigned on February 11 this year. The Rs 18 bln Metro Bus link will be completed by National Highway Authority (NHA) in four Phases with a total length of dedicated 25.6 Km, 09 Bus stations, 12 bridges and 11 underpasses.
He said the contractors have already mobilised equipment on site and work was going on, at a fast pace.
The new Metro link is being constructed along the ten-lane wide Kashmir highway from Peshawar Morr to New Islamabad International Airport.
Referring to the metro bus project, the prime minister said earlier it was not part of the new Islamabad airport project. It has been included with a view to facilitate the access of commuters to and from the airport. He said the metro bus project will be completed with the new airport simultaneously.
With regard to the terminal at the new airport, 95 percent of the construction is already over. It can house 4,500 passengers at a time and will sport fifteen, state-of-the-art docking stations, alongside an air traffic control based on international standards.
The Prime Minister also inspected new Islamabad airport. On the occasion, he was briefed about the pace of work on the project to be completed by 14th August.