PM announces construction of Gilgit-Skardu Expressway

GILGIT: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday announced to construct Gilgit-Skardu Expressway at a cost of Rs50 billion.

“The express way will be connected with China-Pakistan Economic Corridor for generation of economic activities in the area,” he said while addressing a ceremony in Gilgit.

Nawaz Sharif said an airport in Gilgit would also be constructed for jet service.

The prime minister said the federal government was spending billions of rupees in the area for better communication facilities and other welfare oriented development projects.

He said development in the far-flung areas was the top priority of the government to bring them at par with the rest of the country.

“Efforts are being made to strengthen democracy in Gilgit-Baltistan and a committee has been constituted to work out political reforms in the area,” he said.

Sharif said various steps were being taken to attract tourists to Gilgit-Baltistan.

The prime minister said work on various power projects including Bhasha Dam was in progress to tackle energy crisis.

During his address, Governor GB Mir Ghazanfar Ali said development oriented projects would be given priority for the welfare of people.

Gilgit Baltistan Chief Minister Hafiz-ur-Rehman said his government is determined to develop the area with focus on people’s welfare.

The PM also distributed cheques among the earthquake affected people of Ghizer and Diamer.

Earlier, Mir Ghazanfar Ali Khan took oath as Governor Gilgit-Baltistan in Gilgit.

Chief Judge Supreme Appellate Court Dr Rana Mohammad Shamim administered the oath.

Radio Pakistan