Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif inaugurated on Monday tunnels constructed over Attabad Lake to renovate the Karakorum Highway, which was smashed up in 2010 in the wake of land sliding.
The five channels are part of a 24-kilometre stretched chunk of the re-established Karakoram Highway. Two grand along with 78 small bridges have also been engineered.
PM Nawaz was also briefed about the Attabad Tunnel project by National Highway Authority officials. As they stated, the project ended within three years and two months.
The premier publicised that the federal government has granted Rs27 billion for Karakorum development project.
“This sum is at least three times larger than the annual development budget of Rs8 billion for G-B and reflects our love for the people of this area,” said PM Nawaz on this occasion.
During talks to Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) Assembly members on this visit, Nawaz said that mega development projects are necessary in G-B.
He also informed that at least 0.7 to 0.8 million tourists visited the G-B this year.
“This is the first time such a huge number of tourists from all over the country visited this are in a year,” added the PM.
The premier also directed the official to not compromise on transparency in development projects. “We will successfully carry out the projects of hospitals, universities and other developmental projects.”
The reconstruction of Karakorum Highway connects the historic China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project which will bring in a new era of prosperity and progress in the country’s economy.