History of Motorway M-2
Motorway M-2 was conceived by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in his first term (1990–1993). The contract was awarded to M/s Daewoo Corporation of South Korea on 30 December 1991 at a cost of Rs. 23.686 billion on a design-cum-construct basis.
Daewoo provided a loan of $379 million as supplier’s credit at Libor plus one interest to meet 40 percent of the project cost, payable in 21 semi-annual equal installments. The loan was revised to $654 million and touched $702 million.
The motorway was inaugurated on November 26, 1997, during Nawaz Sharif’s second term as Prime Minister. In late 2006, upgrades were made to the portion of the M-2 passing through the Salt Range due to increasing complaints from drivers. The upgrades included better marking of the road lines and increased size of road signs for easy visibility. In 2016, the M-2 motorway was resurfaced for a smooth and safer drive.
Establishment of MORE
The Lahore – Islamabad Motorway (M-2) is envisioned to link and serve as the fast-track link for north-south traffic of the country, reducing time and providing a safe and controlled access passage. It connects the federal capital Islamabad with Lahore (The provincial capital of Punjab). The total length of this track is 357 Km. This 6-Lane facility passes through the district of Lahore, Sheikhupura, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Jhelum, Chakwal, Attock, and Rawalpindi with controlled access at 22 points (through grade-separated intersections).
In 2014, Frontier Works Organization was awarded for the Overlay and Modernization of Lahore – Islamabad Motorway (M-2) on Build, Operate, and Transfer (BOT) basis. On April 12, 2014, FWO established a Special Purpose Vehicle Company (SPVC) named Motorway Operations and Rehabilitation Engineering Pvt Ltd (MORE) for Motorway M-2. The Motorway M-2 project cost is Rs. 36.806 billion whereas the authorized capital of the company is Rs. 11.047 billion. The scope of the M-2 project is to convert the existing motorway into a world-class motorway and to maintain/operate at international motorway standards. The main objectives of the project are the Overlay of Motorway M-2 to achieve improved ride quality to motorway standards and the Modernization of motorway facilities, allied equipment, and horticulture of green belts.
MORE is responsible to deliver state-of-the-art facilities including but not limited to rehabilitation of Motorway M-2, beautification of Motorway M-2, development of service areas, resort and recreation facilities. MORE’s vision of becoming a premier Civil Construction organization entails not just rehabilitation of Motorway M-2, the organization has ventured into the services business to enhance activity on the Motorway M-2. We believe every commuter traveling on Motorway M-2 is our customer and it is our responsibility to provide the best services to commuters.
Motorway M-2 Project Detail
The Lahore – Islamabad Motorway (M-2) connects Islamabad to Lahore via Northern parts of Punjab. The total length of Motorway M-2 is 357 KM with its starting point Thokar Niaz Baig and ends at Islamabad Toll Plaza. It was handed over to Motorway Operations and Rehabilitation Engineering (Pvt) Ltd (MORE) through a Concession Agreement (CA) in Apr 2014 for a concession period of 20 years. The company is formed for the purpose of rehabilitation, modernization, operations and maintenance of Motorway (M-2), which connects Lahore to Islamabad via 6 lane 357 KM road having 22 interchanges.
Motorway M-2 is a preferred choice of road network for most of the commuters due to its safety and well-located facilities / services. Motorway Service areas (MSAs) and Lay By Areas are of great significance for the commuters travelling on the Motorway M-2. The Objective is to provide facilities for commuters to take a break from driving, and then return to the road rested and alert.
Motorway M-2 Service areas located at Sukheki, Sial, Bhera, Kallar Kahar and Chakri. Every MSA has facilities such as fuel stations (Diesel and Petrol), VIP restrooms / Shower Rooms, Food Outlets (National and International Brands), Auto Workshops, Mosques, facilitation centers and Ambulances.
Operation Management and Maintenance Obligations
- Tolling Operation & Management.
- Rehabilitation / Overlay
- Routine Repair & Maintenance.
- Right of Way Management.
- Patrolling & Vigilance.
- Address commuters’ complaints.
- Rapid Rescue & Recovery in accidents & emergencies.
- Provision of uninterrupted power supply.
- Immediate Medical Assistance (First Aid).
- Fuel stations (Diesel and Petrol).
- Auto Workshops.
- Motorway Police facilitation centers
- International Brands (KFC, McDonald, Hardees, Subway, Gloria Jeans, Pizza Hut, Dunkin Donut).
- National Brands (Rahat, Simply, Monal, Salt n Pepper).
Plantation and Green Motorway Initiative (GMI)
Under the umbrella of the Pakistan Army, FWO launched a laudable environmental move by planting trees along its assigned motorways under the title of, “Green Motorway Initiative (GMI)” in 2019 to transform the belts along motorways into green belts. The idea was conceived to address the environmental degradation through increasing transport systems and developing industrial economic zone along motorways, FWO’s GMI was the first and unique project of the country which demonstrates the efforts of FWO.
- MORE plays an active role in the plantation of 600,000 trees along M-2 in the GMI program.
- Motivated and skilled resources are dedicated to nurturing the species of plants.
- GMI has modified the degrading challenges of the environment.
- Its beneficial results have been emerging since its inception and emission of greenhouse gasses would reduce to acceptable levels.
- This will also bring the availability of timber in the future and the growth of wildlife.
- Electronic Toll and Traffic Management (ETTM).
- M-Tag registration centers.
- Online M-Tag recharge facility.
- Electronic Traffic Management with Close Circuit TV System (CCTV).
- Traffic Counting Stations and Weigh-In Motion (WIM) Systems.
Under the provisions of CA, MORE is required to design, construct, operate and maintain the BOT Project for the concession period. MORE, at its own expenses undertakes.
Toll Collection Points
As per the Concession Agreement, MORE is authorized to collect tolls from road commuters at following locations:
- Toll Plaza – 1 (Main Toll Plaza Islamabad).
- Toll Plaza – 2 (Thallian).
- Toll Plaza – 3 (Chakri).
- Toll Plaza – 4 (Balkasar).
- Toll Plaza – 5 (Neela Dullah).
- Toll Plaza – 6 (Kallar Kahar).
- Toll Plaza – 7 (Lillah).
- Toll Plaza – 8 (Bhera).
- Toll Plaza – 9 (Salam Chowk).
- Toll Plaza – 10 (Kot Momin).
- Toll Plaza – 11 (Sial More).
- Toll Plaza – 12 (Pindi Bhattian).
- Toll Plaza – 13 (Kot Sarwar).
- Toll Plaza – 14 (Khanqah Dogran).
- Toll Plaza – 15 (HiranMinar).
- Toll Plaza – 16 (Sheikhupura).
- Toll Plaza – 17 (Kala Shah Kaku).
- Toll Plaza – 18 (Kot Abdul Malik).
- Toll Plaza – 19 (Faizpur).
- Toll Plaza – 20 (M2-M3 STP)
- Toll Plaza – 21 (Main Toll Plaza Lahore).
- Toll Plaza – 22 (Babu Sabu).