The M-8 (موٹروے 8) is an east-west motorway in Pakistan, connecting Sukkur- Larkana to Gwadar. The motorway partly currently under-construction, while the 193 kilometer stretch between Gwadar and Hoshab wasinaugurated in February 2016.
The Ratodero Gwadar Motorway (M-8) will start from Ratodero in Sindh Province and enter Balochistan Province passing near the towns of Khuzdar, Awaran, HoshabTurbat before joining the Makran Coastal Highway just east ofthe port city of Gwadar. The M8 will cross the Dasht River andpass near the Mirani Dam in Balochistan Province. The M8 will have4-lanes and a total length of 892 km. Initially, 2-lanes will be constructed after the completion of which another2-lanes will be added, thus making a total of 4-lanes.
Khuzdar; Awaran; Hoshab; Turbat
The M8 starts from Ratodero in Sindh Province and enter Balochistan Province passing near the towns of Khuzdar, Awaran, Hoshab, Turbat before joining the Makran Coastal Highway just east of the port city of Gwadar.
The construction work of Khuzdar-Shahdadkot section of Rattodero-Gwadar Motorway (M-8) is going on smoothly and the project would be completed by March.
The 151 km project has been divided into three phases. The 57.5 km phase 1 has been completed while 85 per cent work of 42.5 km.
Phase 2 has been completed. As far as 51.1 km Phase 3 is concerned, the 72 per cent work has been completed.
The M-8 is an east-west motorway connecting Sukkur and Larkana to the port city of Gwadar. The 193 kilometer stretch between Gwadar and Hoshab was inaugurated in February 2016.
Starting from Ratodero in Sindh Province M-8 enters Balochistan Province passing near the towns of Khuzdar, Awaran, Hoshab, Turbat before joining the Makran Coastal Highway just the east of Gwadar.
The M-8 will have 4-lanes and a total length of 892 km.
The M8 is being constructed by Pakistan's National Highway Authority. Construction of the M8 commenced on 15 October 2004. According to a newspaper report of July 23, 2015 the construction arm of Pakistan army, Frontier Works Organization (FWO) has completed 502 of 870 kilometer of this road. The work started simultaneously from the junction with the Mekran Coastal Highway (MCH) and from Ratodero in Sind. As of January 2015 the road is completed except for some bridges from MCH to a point near Hoshab where it joins N85 (Hoshab-Panjgur-Besima Highway) and Hoshab-Bela Road. The M8 Motorway will be following the alignment of N85. From the Ratodero end M8 to Khuzdar is almost complete except for a difficult section going over the peaks of northern Kirthar range about seventy Kilometers east of Khuzdar. It is about to be open from in December 2017 for public.
The road (M-8) is a major link to Punjeb Province from Gawadar and connects the road (N-85) leading to Quetta.The road is completed 100%. It provides econimical strength to the country specailly towards the North. This road 193.300 Km in length passes through remote areas where road construction material is limited and temperature during summer is extreme. Logistic support along with security hazard was challenging job which FWO has accomplished successfully. Link road (7.3km) joining M-8 with N-85 is under construction which is likely to be completed in Dec 16.
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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif inaugurated on Wednesday the Rs13 billion Gwadar-Turbat-Hoshab Road (M-8), a part of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
Army chief General Raheel Sharif drove the prime minister on the newly-constructed 193-km long highway, which will connect the western, central and eastern routes of CPEC withthe Gwadar Port.
Nawaz said Central Asian republics were keento use the elaborate network of roads in Pakistan to reach to the open seas, adding thatthe road linkage would benefit as many as three billion people of the entire region.
He lauded the FWO team for completing the road despite numerous challenges, and appreciated the army chief for his interest in the project, as well as overall peace in Balochistan.
Pakistan and China had signed an agreement on April 20, 2015 to commence work on CPEC development projects worth over $46 billion, which comes to roughly 20 per cent of Pakistan’s annual GDP.
The corridor aims to connect Gwadar port in Balochistan to China’s Xinjiang region via anetwork of highways, railways and pipelines spread over 3,000km.
The CPEC is a 3,000-kilometer network of roads, railways and pipelines totransport oil and gas from Gwadar Port to Kashgar city, northwestern China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.
Proposed by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during his visit to Pakistan in May 2013, the CPEC will act as a bridge for the new Maritime Silk Route that envisages linking three billion people in Asia, Africa and Europe.
An official agreement on the corridor was signed between the two countries in May this year during President Xi Jinping's historic visit to Pakistan.
Map courtesy: Planning Commission
A flagship project of the Belt and Road initiative aswell, the CPEC intends to revive the ancient Silk Road with a focus on infrastructure, and constitutes thestrategic framework of bilateral cooperation.
The project links China's strategy to develop its western region with Pakistan's focus on boosting its economy, including the infrastructure construction of Gwadar Port, together with some energy cooperation and investment programs.
It also involves road and railway construction including an upgrade of the 1,300-km Karakoram Highway, the highest paved internationalroad in the world which connects China and Pakistan across the Karakoram mountains.
The CPEC will reduce China's routes of oil and gas imports from Africa and the Middle East by thousands ofkilometers, making Gwadar a potentially vital link inChina's supply chain.
Officials of the National Highways Authority say that this motorway will be functionally completed in December this year, which will facilitate people's journey in convenience way, after the completion of this project motorways network will be expands.