Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will perform the ground breaking of Hakla-Dera Ismail Khan Motorway today at D.I.Khan, said the NHA officials yesterday. This project is an important part of Western Route of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) that stands among the priorities of the government, they said. The 285 km-long Hakla-D.I.Khan Motorway will be completed in two years at a cost of more than Rs142 billion. From D.I. Khan, this motorway will be linked up with Mughalkot in Balochistan.–STAFF REPORTerThe project is divided into 5-packages. Passing through Pindi Ghep, Sawan, Mianwali, Rokhri, Rehmani Khel, the Motorway will terminate at Yarik (D.I.Khan). The alignment of motorway passes through developing areas and its construction will generate new employment opportunities. Availability of high-speed transportation will pave way for improvement of health and education sectors as well, and local produces will easily be taken to the big markets. The objective of the CPEC is to promote trade ties with neighboring countries Central Asian States and South Asian countries, which will ultimately prepare the ground to make Pakistan a trade hub in this whole region, the NHA believes.Published in The Nation newspaper on 17-May-2016.