Islamabad, Aug. 17: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reportedly gave his go ahead to the Pak-China trade corridor route and termed it as future of the country.
Sharif said that the trade route from Kashgar to Khunjerab and Gwadar will provide connectivity with the Central Asian republics and make it a regional hub for transit trade, the Dawn reports.
He discussed the proposed alignment of the corridor with directions to further evaluate the proposal in terms of time and cost efficiency along with an alternative and shorter route along the Karakoram Highway, connecting Chilas with Mansehra through the Babusar Top.
According to the report, Sharif said that this route should be developed on priority and a tunnel can be made across the Babusar top to make it accessible throughout the year.
The premier further directed construction of multiple routes connecting various regions of the country by building connecting bridges and tunnels with latest technologies and laid stress on the need for mitigating environmental impacts during the construction of these roads.
Sharif also directed provision of inter-connectivity and linkages between Pakistan Economic Corridor, Indus Highway, Motorways and Grand Trunk Road to provide impetus to the economic activity in the country and easier travel facilities to the commuters, the report added. (ANI)