The 210 km western route of China Pakistan economic corridors (CPEC) is planned to be built from DI Khan to Zhob. The National Highway Authority (NHA) is planning to build the western route. The first portion of the route is a 50-km four-lane motorway. It will start from Yarik, go through the Indus Highway to reach Sagu.
Under the project the dualization of the present section of D I Khan-Quetta Highway (N-50) is being done past Sagu up to Zhob. In the project the Darazinda and Zhob bypass will also be constructed.
An NHA official said that the proposed legal right of the project is Yarik to Sagu 100m and for the dualization of N-50 a 30 to 50m realignment portion will be acquired.
The official further stated that for the next Joint Cooperation Committee of CPEC the Chinese financing for the Western route project ‘Up-gradation of D.I. Khan (Yarik) – Zhob, Phase-I (210 km)’ will beone of the essential points.
The committee will meet in the third week of December. The financing matter of the project will be discussed with the Chinese government. Furthermore, he stated that the Zhob to Quetta and Quetta to Sohrab sections of the CPEC Western Route are currently in the feasibility study stage.