QUETTA: The 892 kilometre long Gwadar-Rato Dero Highway will be completed by 2007 with an estimated cost of Rs six billion. Chairman National Highway Authority Major General Farrukh Javed informed this while briefing Balochistan Governor Owais Ahmed Ghani here on Monday.

The project would link Gwadar to Rato Dero via Turbat, Hoshab, Awaran, Khuzdar and Shahdadkot, he added. The work on Gwadar-Turbat and Turbat-Hoshab sections of the project has been completed that was launched in October 2004, he informed.

The governor expressed satisfaction over the pace of work on the project and expressed the hope that it would be completed within the scheduled time period.

The completion of the highway would not only link Gwadar port with the interior areas of the country, but also facilitate transportation of goods, he said, and added that it would also improve the travelling facility and create job opportunities.

The NHA chairman also informed the governor about holding of a car rally from Zero Point to Gwadar on coastal highway as a step to collect donation for Tsunami-affected people.

The governor lauded the proposal of holding the car rally and hoped that the maximum number of people would take part in it to contribute in the donation.

Source: Daily Times