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PR No.293 Islamabad

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has directed the National Highway Authority to upgrade the D.I. Khan-Mughal Kot-Zhob Section of N-50 to four lane dual Carriageway after negotiating funding from the Asian Development Bank within one month. In case required funding from the Asian Development Bank is not available, additional funding from Public Sector Development Program shall be provided as per requirement.

The Prime Minister has also directed for acquisition of land for the entire Western alignment of CPEC for a six lane, limited access motorway at this stage to ensure against any complications at a later stage.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has constituted a Committee to identify the potential sites for future industrial zones along Western Route. The Committee shall comprise of Chairman Board of Investment, Chief Secretary Khyber Pukhtunkhwa, Chief Secretary Balochistan, Chairman National Highway Authority, A BS-21 Officer as Representative of the Finance Division, A BS-21 Officer as Representative of the Ministry of Industries & Production, A BS-21 Officer as Representative of Ministry of Water & Power, A BS-21 Officer as Representative of Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Resources, and Secretary Board of Investment who will also be the Secretary of the said Committee. Chairman Board of Investment shall be the convener of the Committee.

The Committee constituted shall submit its report to the Prime Minister through Minister for Finance within fifteen days.

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