M4 Faisalabad – Multan Motorway
19 August 2009 was the day when ground breaking ceremony of M4 Faisalabad-Multan Motorway took place by the hands of the then Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani. Initial planned cost of M4 was 42 Billion PKR. The project was separated in four sections:
- Faisalabad–Gojra (58 km)
- Gojra-Shorkot (62 km)
- Shorkot-Din Pur-Khanewal (64 km)
- Khanewal-Multan (45 km) – (later included Muzaffargarh thus making it 57 km long)
Moreover fifteen interchanges and 23 flyovers/underpasses are part of the project. Two major bridges on Ravi river and Sidhnai canal will also be built.
According to initial planning, the whole project was to be completed in three years. It means M4 should have been completed in August 2012 or at least December 2012. Construction work started on Faisalabad – Gojra section with the ground breaking ceremony on 19th August 2009 while ground breaking ceremony for Khanewal – Multan section took place on 1st October 2011. According to newspapers and updates, land acquisition of Gojra – Shorkot was completed but of Shorkot – Khanewal was in progress. Originally the project was to be completed in end of 2012 but it is rescheduled to be completed in the end of 2013. But from the pace of construction work, it seems that project may be completed in 2015.
In comparison to projects initiated by Punjab Government in various cities including Lahore, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala and other cities of Punjab, this project initiated by Pakistan People’s Party is going on very slow pace. But even then, questions are raised over the construction work by Pakistan Muslim League. M4 when completed will ease the major load from the economic lifeline of Pakistan N5 National Highway and will also cut short the distance between Multan – Twin cities (Islamabad – Federal Capital, Rawalpindi) thus distance from Karachi to Federal Capital will also be decreased.