ISLAMABAD: National Highway Authority (NHA) has issued Letter of Intent as well as Letter of support to Frontier Works Organization (FWO) for conversion of Karachi-Hyderabad Super Highway into six-lane motorway (M-9).
An official of NHA said that subsequent to Expression of Interest (EOI), all bids were evaluated technically and financing and FWO bid was qualified.
Responding to a query, he said the negotiations for finalization of Concession Agreement were under process.
To another question, he said the physical work on Karachi-Hyderabad Motorway (M-9) Project would start soon as conversion of existing Karachi-Hyderabad Super Highway into 6-lane motorway on Built-Operation-Transfer (BOT) basis was an important part of Karachi-Lahore Motorway (KLM) Project.
He said that 136 km Karachi-Hyderabad Motorway was an important project. It would not only improve the communications on national level would also be a great facilitation to the commuters of Karachi and Hyderabad. The project would require around 6868 acres of land for its reserved Right of Way.
To a question, he said presently Super Highway was in dilapidated condition due to heavy traffic and expiry of its designed period.
He said for repair and improvement of the highway, NHA approved periodic maintenance schemes under Annual Maintenance Plan (AMP) 2013-14 amounting to Rs 305.28 million.
It is worth to mention here that twice in the past few years the NHA awarded the contract to two firms on BOT basis but both failed to complete financial close as per conditions of the contract and their contracts were terminated.
The project will cost Rs 6.3 billion and the scope of work includes
expansion of the road from four to six lanes and provision of service
In September 2006,the Authority had signed a concession agreement for
construction of the 136 km M-9 with Standard Construction but the
contract was cancelled next year as the firm failed to complete
financial close in time.
In 2011 the NHA awarded the contract of construction of Carica-
Hyderabad Motorway (M-9) to Malaysian Construction Company M/s
Binapuri Holding, on BOT basis with concessionaire period of 28 years.
However the NHA was forced to terminate the contact in September 2012
as the said firm failed to complete financial close in stipulated
The Super Highway begins north of Carica at the end of Mohammad Ali
Jinnah Road, near junction of Carica Northern Bypass (also known as
M-10). It is connected with the Carica Northern Bypass with a trumpet
interchange. Then it continues out of the city. From there it
continues on a north-east track and forms a junction with the N-5 via
a link road.
The highway ends outside of Hyderabad,in the suburban
town of Kotri with a cloverleaf interchange where it merges into the
N-5.The M-9 Motorway will have seven inter-changes, two service areas
at the midway points and 16 toll plazas on entry and exit points.
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