ISLAMABAD - Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) has completed 502 kilometers of 870 kilometers road connecting country’s deep sea Gwadar port with the western alignment of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Despite heavy odds, the FWO completed 502 kilometers road in less than one and half year, a task assigned to it by the Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif.

The Frontier Works Organisation after taking the challenging project that encompasses construction of 870 kilometers road moved its units to the project site in March 2014 and presently 11 units are employed on Balochistan projects.

Unprecedented efforts were made for mobilisation of manpower and equipment on project sites and to date 502 kilometers of road has been completed in less than one and half year.

According to FWO, security, harsh weather, rugged mountainous terrain and remoteness of the area were some of the major challenges against this gigantic and testing project of national importance.

In the line of duty, FWO has sustained 16 Shaheed (6 military personal and 10 civilian employees) and 29 severely injured in 136 security related incidents, sacrifices which are duly recognised by the entire nation for noble national cause.

Despite of major challenges, FWO reaffirmed its commitment to live up to its traditions and complete the project in stipulated time without compromising on the quality of the work.

Construction of these roads will link Gawadar Port with up country by multidimensional routes i.e Chaman through N-25, Dera Ismail Khan through N-50 and Indus Highway N-55.

Average progress of work is approximately 1.5 kilometers per day on international standards which is unprecedented in field of road construction throughout the world.

Meanwhile, an official of National Highway Authority (NHA) said in Islamabad that twenty-eight hundred million rupees have been allocated for Gwadar-Turbat-Hoshab section of Gwadar-Ratodero Highway.

He said twenty five hundred million rupees have been earmarked for widening and improvement of Hoshab-Nag-Basima-Surab Highway.

Three thousand million rupees have been approved for Zhob-Mughal Kot section of Kuchlak-Zhob-D.I.Khan.

The official said ten thousand million rupees have also been allocated for land acquisition and construction of western alignment and other CPEC projects.

The NHA official said that western alignment of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would become operational by December next year, adding that Balochistan province will be the biggest beneficiary of CPEC.

All the political parties are on the one page for implementation of the CPEC and recently evolved broad based national consensus over construction of western alignment first which the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif endorsed.

First a PPP hosted an All Parties Conference on CPEC and construction of western alignment which was followed by another APC hosted by the Prime Minister Sharif which also endorsed construction of western alignment first and the eastern alignment later.