May 24, 2021, 1:05 PM
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Pakistan begins construction of highway to improve access to Iran

Islamabad, May 24, IRNA -- Chairman of China, Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Authority says the construction of Nokundi-Mashkhel road in Balochistan has started which would improve access to Iran.

Lieutenant General (retd) Asim Saleem Bajwa in a tweet said work on 103 KM Nokundi-Mashkhel road has started.  

“Detailed design of Mashkhel-Panjgur Road (200 km) is in process,” he said.

The chairman of the CPEC authority went on to say that linking Chagai-Nokundi Sector with Gwadar would open up the entire remote region and “will improve access to Iran.”

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday performed the virtual groundbreaking of Naukundi-Mashkel Road.

Speaking from the Prime Minister's Office, he regretted said that the remote area has remained neglected so far and “if we connect Balochistan there is huge potential to tap”.

The construction of the 103-km Nokundi-Mashkhel two-lane highway will create direct and indirect employment opportunities for about 4,000 people. With the completion of the highway, about 880 vehicles will be able to travel daily.

With the completion of highways in Balochistan, access to the Iranian border will be possible in a short time, which will significantly increase local trade in general and dates trade in particular.

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