Lahore : Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will inaugurate work on two important projects in Dera Ghazi Khan, Northern Bypass and Rakhi Gajj Bewata Section-1 during a ceremony in DG Khan on Saturday (March 31).
According to official sources, DG Khan bypass is a long-standing demand of the area and will help smooth flow of traffic in the city. The DG Khan is strategically situated at confluence point of all the four provinces. Two major national highways N-55, Indus Highway and N-70 (Multan-Qilla Saifullah) as well as four provincial highways pass through the city, creating enormous burden on city roads.
The bypass will divert heavy traffic currently passing through the heart of the city. It will also help in reducing travel time and chances of accidents. About 2.5 million people will benefit from the project with an average daily traffic count of around 5000 vehicles. The 18-km long bypass will be completed within 18 months and it will cost Rs 4 billion. Construction of 5 bridges and a flyover at railway crossing is also part of the project.
Rakhi Gajj-Bewata section is extremely important as it connects Punjab with Balochistan and it is the shortest route. The entire commercial traffic originating from Balochistan travel through N-70 to reach various destinations in Punjab. The widening and improvement of this road will enable quick movement of people and agriculture products between the two provinces. The project will cost around Rs. 13 billion, official sources added.