Will not compromise on quality of M6 motorway: PM Shehbaz Sharif

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While laying the foundation stone for the M6 Sukkur-Hyderabad motorway, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday vowed that he will not compromise on the quality of the work.

Addressing the foundation stone laying ceremony, PM Shehbaz also warned that he will make surprise visits to the site to see the speed and quality of the work.

“Consider it my bad or good habit I make surprise visits for projects. Will take [Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali] Shah to oversee the quality,” PM Shehbaz told the audience. 

The premier also said that the project should be completed within 30 months, adding that the motorway, once completed will be beneficial for the transporters and passengers. The project is being completed under a public-private partnership agreement, he added.

The premier also highlighted that without Balochistan’s progress Pakistan will not prosper, adding that there is a need to make Gwadar port operational.

He said this project was unnecessarily delayed by the previous government.

“The coalition government is committed to bringing development and prosperity in all deprived areas of the country including Balochistan and Sindh.”

Regarding rehabilitation work for flood-affected people, the prime minister reiterated his resolve to utilise all available resources for this purpose.

Before the PM’s address, CM Sindh Murad Ali Shah deplored that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif had promised that the federal government would build the Sukkur-Rohri bridge and asked him for funds for the project.

At this, PM Shehbaz told the CM that his brother, during his tenure, had announced the project and he is announcing its completion.

PTI lays claim to project

Ahead of the PM’s address, former planning minister Asad Umar congratulated the people of Sindh for the start of work on the Hyderabad-Sukkur Motorway but lamented the eighth-month delay in it.

Umar said that the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) had approved the project during former prime minister Imran Khan’s tenure in 2021. He also shared that the project was approved by the Public-Private Partnership Board on March 31, 2022.