Islamabad-Dera Ismail khan Motorway known as M-14 is a four-lane motorway that is a part of CPEC ( China Pakistan Economic Corridor ) and is currently under construction. The Development of the Motorway will connect the Islamabad-Rawalpindi metropolitan area and the southern province of Dera Ismail khan.
The 292-km long mega Western Corridor project will help the economy prosper in some of the country’s most underdeveloped regions and will create a lot of job opportunities. Apart from creating job opportunities for people the M-14 route will boost livestock farming as livestock farming serves as the main economic activity to fulfill local people’s necessities and basic amenities. The villagers of these regions mainly raise sheep, goats, and cows while keeping donkeys and camels for loadings. M-14 is also all set to help attack farmers to send their poultry products across the country. Apart from providing connectivity, the impact of M-14 will be felt in many other ways, which means a spurt in local enterprises and small businesses to cater to the increased purchasing power of the farmers, more schools and health facilities supported by the influx of new prosperity in the area, more private and public transport, more food shops, more local production, and more construction of residential and commercial properties.
A four-lane expressway from Hakla near Islamabad to Dera Ismail Khan will reduce travel time between Dera Ismail Khan and Islamabad from five hours to two and half hours. The Motorway includes the provision of 11 interchanges, 19 flyovers (6 lanes), 15 bridges (4 lanes), 74 underpasses, 259 culverts, and three major bridges (6 lanes); one at River Sawan, second at River Indus, and third at River Koram. This motorway has a 100 meter wide right of way to widen the four-lane road to six lanes in the future as traffic volume increases. Although the project was expected to conclude by the end of 2018 that was started in 2016 but could not be completed so far. The project is divided into five packages and work is awarded to different contractors to meet the deadlines. However, according to official documents, about 30 percent of work on its two packages is still pending while over 90 percent of physical progress has been made on three packages. The pace of work on the said project slowed down when the incumbent government came into power. According to officials, the new deadline is expected to be August 2021.