BRI Factsheet Series – Motorway M-5 (Sukkur – Multan)

The Motorway M5 (Multan-Sukkur section) connects Sukkur in Pakistan’s Sindh province and Multan in the Punjab region. The 392km long stretch, following the Left Bank of River Indus, is part of the Peshawar-Karachi motorway, a key project of the planned China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) under the Belt and Road Initiative.


Motorway M-5 (Sukkur – Multan)
Picture Credit: Qiao Xiaobing

Project Information

Project Name
Motorway M5 (Multan-Sukkur Section)

Transport (Road Infrastructure)

Sindh & Punjab Province/Pakistan

BRI Corridor
China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)

Current Status
Under Construction (4 out of 7 sections to be completed by Mid of 2018)

Project Start
22.12.2015 (Contract Agreement)

Start of Construction Works
August 2016

Planned Completion Date
August 2019

Chinese Involvement
Financing, EPC (Engineering, Procurement, and Construction)

Projected Total Project Costs
USD 2.98 billion

USD 2.682 billion (concessionary loans from China), USD 298 million (Government of Pakistan)

Pakistan National Highway Authority (NHA)

Chinese Contractors
In January 2016 the Pakistani government awarded the construction contract to  M/s China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC).

Additional Project Information

The 392km long motorway M5 is bi-directional with six-lanes and is designed for a speed of 120km/h. The M5 Motorway shall be a tolled facility with 22 toll plazas. A total of 1,700 Chinese and 22,000 Pakistanis are working on the motorway project.

Project Sustainability

+ Potential improvement of local transport conditions; Cut of travel distance between Multan and Sukkur from 463km to 392km, reducing the traveling time from eight hours to four hours; promotion of local economic development

Further Information

Ground Validation/Review Feasibility Study

Project Pictures

Highway Network of CPEC (Orange Line – Motorway M-5)
Picture Credit: CPEC China Pakistan Economic Corridor
Motorway M-5 (Sukkur – Multan) construction
Picture Credit: Ding Zhaojie

Belt and Road Projects (selection)


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