Pakistan's National Highways Authority (NHA) announced that it has awarded the Overlay and Modernization of Lahore - Islamabad M-2 motorway PPP project to Frontier Works Organisation (FWO).
The project will be developed on a build, operate and transfer basis for a period of 20 years, three of them for construction. The agreement was signed on 23 April 2014. While the request for proposals was launched in January 2012.
The project scope is divided as follows:
The M-2 is a motorway in the Punjab province of Pakistan. It is 367 km long and connects Lahore with Islamabad. It passes through Kala Shah Kaku, Sheikhupura, Khanqah Dogran,Kot Sarwar, Pindi Bhattian, Salem, Lilla, Kot Momin, Kallar Kahar, Balksar, and Chakri before ending just outside the twin cities Rawalpindi and Islamabad. It then continues on to eventually become the M1 motorway linking the twin cities with Peshawar. The M-2 crosses the junction of the M3 at Pindi Bhattian.
Frontier Works Organisation (also known as FWO) is a construction and military engineering branch of the Pakistani Army that was created in 1966.
Pakistan has launched several PPP project in the transport sector. Earlier this month Pakistan Railway (PR) launched a request for proposals to provide consultancy services for the feasibility study of the new rail Link from Islamabad to Murree and Muzaffarabad.
In January 2014 the Government of Punjab launched a Request for Expressions of Interest to build two Buss Rapid Transit (BRT) routes on "Built Operate and Transfer" basis.