More motorways to be constructed: Tenders
By Our Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD, Sept 25: The government, after reviewing its policy
about the motorway, has decided to construct more similar motorways as it
no longer considered the motorway as 'luxury road'.
Highway Authority (NHA) Chairman Maj-Gen Farrukh Javed said on Wednesday
that the government was in the process of issuing tenders for another
section of the motorway, starting from Faislabad to Khanewal.
Talking to reporters at the site office of M-3 at Ghartal,
Faislabad, he said it was correct that the existing motorway was not being
used by the motorists and truckers, which was projected during its
approval, but added that 'such roads were needed for future.'
asked to comment as to why the present government had abandoned the
project by calling it a luxury road, the chairman said that he was of a
different view on the issue.
He said the NHA was working on a plan
for improving its road network to make Pakistan a transit country for
approaching the Central Asian States riches. "Germany, the USA, UK and
other developed countries had used this concept to improve their
economies," he remarked.
Earlier, Sheikh Yousaf, owner of Husnain
Construction, which is the contractor for M-3, explained the phases for
which his company passed for converting the M-3 project from the Built,
Operate and Transfer (BOT) plan to the government funded project.
When asked as to how much his company had been helped by Brig
Aftab Siddiqui (Rtd), father-in-law of Bilal Musharraf, he said the
gentleman had worked with his company as a consultant.
said it was originally agreed that he would get two per cent of the profit
from the project for 25 years, but since the project had been converted to
a government funded plan, Aftab Siddiqui was no longer with his company.
The cost of M-3 is Rs7 billion.
He, however, said Mr Siddiqui had
been paid for the 'services' which he rendered, but refused to give more
Everything was documented, and the payments to Mr
Siddiqui had been made through cheques the copies of which had been
provided to " a number of government departments," he said. Then his son
rushed to the stage and asked Mr Yousaf not to answer more queries on the
Mr Yousaf said the company was heading the consortium of
the Pakistani construction companies called PAMIC, and added that they
were completing the project to show that the country had the expertise to
construct the motorway.
He said it was the first contract of its
kind which had no escalation clause.
When asked as to how many
projects his company had fetched in the period of military government, he
avoided giving straight answer, and said that whatever his company had got
was on merit. He admitted that he had purchased about a dozen sick
The NHA chief stressed the need to develop the
Western part of the country along River Indus and close to Afghanistan.
He said Pakistan had got the contract for construction of road
from Chaman to Kandahar. Negotiations for Torkhum to Kabul road were under
way , he added.