Motorways Network Around Pakistan

Pakistan has perhaps the most developed organizations of streets on the planet. On account of the relative multitude of late built motorways, intercity going in Pakistan has gotten more advantageous, agreeable, and more secure than at any other time. These thruways associate urban communities as well as make vacation destinations the nation over helpfully available. These street joins are a piece of Pakistan’s “Public Trade Corridor Project” and “China-Pakistan Belt Road Initiative,” connecting all the significant shipping lanes in the nation, beginning from Khunjerab Pass close to the Chinese Border to Gwadar in Balochistan. In this blog, we’ll discover more about the consistently extending organization of motorways in Pakistan and how it adequately interfaces the whole country.


Official symbol of motorway
The authority image for motorways in Pakistan utilized by NHA (Credits: Wikipedia/Alexander Jones)

The entire organization of raised intercity turnpikes in Pakistan with control exit and section focuses is straightforwardly overseen by the National Highway Authority (NHA) and depends on the accompanying streets.

Name Route  Length (KM) Status
M-1 Peshawar-Islamabad 155 Operational
M-2 Lahore-Islamabad 367 Operational
M-3 Lahore-Abdul Hakeem 230 Operational
M-4 Pindi Bhattian-Multan 309 Operational
M-5 Multan-Sukkur 392 Operational
M-6 Sukkur Hyderabad 296 Planned
M-7 Dadu-Hub 270 Planned
M-8 Ratodero-Gwadar 892 Partially Operational
M-9 Hyderabad-Karachi 136 Operational
M-10 Karachi Northern Bypass 57 Operational
M-11 Kharian-Lahore 150 Under Construction
M-14 Hakla-D.I. Khan 280 Under Construction
Hazara Motorway Hasan Abdal-Thakot 180 Partially Operational

The table above shows the total rundown of all the motorway routes in Pakistan as of November 2019. It incorporates the arranged, under-development, and finished ventures.


First of all, let’s discuss the expressways in Pakistan that are fully operational.


Peshawar-Islamabad Motorway
Peshawar-Islamabad Motorway is a 155 kilometers long stretch with 14 interchanges.

Starting from the Peshawar Ring Road, upper east of Peshawar, M1 Peshawar-Islamabad Motorway is a 155-kilometer significant length with 14 interchanges different focuses, including Peshawar Ring Road.

The M-1 Peshawar-Islamabad motorway gets over the Kabul, Haro, and Indus streams to assist three significant scaffolds. Alongside these trades and hybrid extensions, the motorway highlights 27 little scaffolds, 137 underpasses, 18 flyovers, and 571 ducts.


Running 375 kilometers through Punjab’s forested greenery, the M2 Islamabad-Lahore Motorway was the first since forever motorway built in South Asia back in 1997.

Fuel Stations and administration regions are accessible at five focuses on M-2 Lahore-Islamabad Motorway on each roadside. These refueling breaks incorporate Sukheki Service Area, Sial Services Area, Bhera Service Area, Kalar Kahar Service Area, and Chakri Services Area. The normal distance between every one of these refueling and administration regions is 60-80 kilometers. The most acclaimed restaurants in Pakistan have their outlets at these refueling breaks on M2 Lahore-Islamabad Motorway.


Covering a distance of 230 kilometers between Abdul Hakeem and Lahore’s urban areas, the M3 Motorway was dispatched in March 2019. It begins at the crossing point of the M2 Motorway in Lahore and goes right to the M4 Pindi Bhattian-Multan Motorway’s trade-in Abdul Hakeem. It is additionally a 6-path motorway with three rest regions and four interchanges along the route, including Shah Shams Tabrez Interchange, Vehari Road Interchange, Bahawalpur Road Interchange, and Sher Shah Interchange.


M-4 Pindi Bhattian-Multan Motorway is 309 kilometers long based on 4 lanes. It is a street connect between various urban areas of Punjab, for instance, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Toba Tek Singh, Shorkot, Khanewal, Abdul Hakeem, and Multan. Like other mainstream motorway routes in Pakistan, the M-4 turnpike likewise includes over twelve trades along its route, interlinking probably the main street joins including M-2, M-3, and M-5 motorways.


The 392-kilometer significant length of M-5 Multan-Sukkur Motorway is only a part of the proposed Karachi-Peshawar motorway, which will be 1,100 kilometers in length. The M-5 freeway is viewed as one of the vital tasks of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor since it extensively decreases the time it takes for merchandise to be moved from Karakorum Highway to Karachi and Gwadar.  It is a 6-path street with 11 interchanges associating with Punjab’s urban areas, including Multan, Jalalpur Peerwala, Rahimyar Khan, Ahmed Pur East Sadiqabad, Pano Aqil, Ubaro, and Sukkur.


The M9 Hyderabad-Karachi Motorway is a 6-path 136 kilometers in length turnpike. Filling in as perhaps the main street joins in Pakistan by associating Karachi with Hyderabad, the two significant urban areas of Sindh, the M9 Hyderabad-Karachi Motorway has been developed ridiculous existing Karachi-Hyderabad Super Highway. The up-gradation of this street brought about a 136 kilometers in length 6-path interstate with a controlled exit and passage focuses on 8 interchanges that have been built along the route. A portion of the key lodging social orders in Karachi’s edges, including Bahria Town Karachi and DHA City, is also found along the M-9 Motorway.

Flaunting an ultramodern foundation, one of South Asia’s longest exchanges on Motorway-9 has as of late been opened for traffic. The trade makes an immediate street connection from Bahria Town, Karachi, right to Sukkur. It is Pakistan’s first since forever trade, which a private land engineer has supported.

The part of the motorway, which goes through the exchange, is a 400-meter wide two-way street containing 18 paths to encourage workers. The segment has likewise been furnished with an 8-foot tall fence and a 3-foot-high gatekeeper rail that makes the exchange more secure for voyaging. Also, the recently evolved exchange design has been propelled by the Shaikh Zayd Road in Dubai.


Karachi’s Northern Bypass straightforwardly interfaces the M-9 Karachi-Hyderabad Motorway to the Karachi Port. With this route’s assistance, the carriers get the quickest alternatives for driving between the two objections. This detour has, as of late, been given the situation with a motorway by the National Highway Authority (NHA), and it is presently authoritatively perceived as the M-10 Karachi Motorway. From Muhammad Ali Jinnah Road and going right to the KPT flyover, the M-10 motorway has three primary interchanges, including M9 trade, Trumpet Interchange, and N-25 trade.


The absolute length of the organization of motorways in Pakistan is 3,714 kilometers, out of which 1,870 kilometers are operational, including all the intercity freeways referenced previously. Be that as it may, the arranging and advancement of motorways’ leftover organization are going all out. Thinking about the current speed of progress, it tends to be said that it will just require a couple of more years for every one of these interstates in Pakistan to get finished.

As referenced in the table above, the name of the under-development motorway routes in Pakistan, some of which are likewise part of operational incorporate M-8 Ratodero-Gwadar, M-11 Kharian-Lahore M-14 Hakla-D.I. Khan, Hazara Motorway Hasan Abdal-Thakot.

Hazara Motorway is an essential piece of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) (Credits: FB/Hazara Motorway Project)

The 39.3 kilometers long Havelian-Mansehra segment of the Hazara Motorway, an essential piece of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), was as of late opened to traffic. After the dispatch of this segment of the Hazara Motorway, Islamabad and Mansehra’s movement time has been significantly diminished to only 2 hours.

The totally arranged motorways and their development are yet to start are M-6 Sukkur-Hyderabad, M-7 Dadu-Hub, and Karachi-Peshawar Motorway.

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