M2 motorway (Pakistan)

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M-2
Route information
Part of
Maintained by National Highway Authority
Length: 375 km (233 mi)
Existed: 1992 – present
History: Completed in 1997
Major junctions
North end: Rawalpindi/Islamabad
  M4 motorway (Pakistan)
South end: Lahore
Location
Major cities: Chakwal
Kallar Kahar
Bhalwal
Pindi Bhattian
Sheikhupura
Highway system
Roads in Pakistan

The M-2 Motorway (Urdu: موٹروے 2‎) is a North-South motorway in Pakistan, connecting Rawalpindi/Islamabad to Lahore. The motorway is 375 km long and located entirely in Punjab. It passes through Kala Shah Kaku, Sheikhupura, Khanqah Dogran, Kot Sarwar, Pindi Bhattian, Salem, Lilla, Kot Momin, Kallar Kahar, Balksar, Nila Dulha and Chakri before ending just outside the twin cities Rawalpindi and Islamabad. It was the first motorway built in South Asia. At Junction of M2 and M1 there is an interchange which on one side connect Islamabad/Rawalpindi through an expressway of 8km long, and the new Islamabad international airport through the other side of junction. It then continues on to eventually become the M1 motorway linking the twin cities with Peshawar. The M-2 crosses the junction of the M4 (to Faisalabad) at Pindi Bhattian. It is part of Pakistan's Motorway Network. Chaudhary Ghias Mela recently inaugurated the Sial More interchange which exits at Sial More and provides an alternate route to Sargodha.

One of the most expensive motorways in Asia, it has the highest pillared-bridge in Asia (at the Khewra Salt Range)The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has used the M2 motorway as a runway on two occasions: for the first time in 2000 when it landed an F-7P fighter, a Super Mushak trainer and a C-130 and, again, in 2010. On the last occasion, the PAF used a runway section on the M2 motorway on 2 April 2010 to land, refuel and take-off two jet fighters, a Mirage III and an F-7P, during its Highmark 2010 exercise.

The whole motorway after a long period of 15 years renovated and recarpeted by Frontier Works Organization. New tolls plazas are installed on every interchanges with the new and latest e-tag system. The formal Miles board are changed to digital boards at a lots of places.

There are ten service and rest areas on both sides of the whole motorway, having facilities of Insta fueling, Insta Carwash, Insta car repair and restaurants of food and coffee like KFC, McDonald's, Gloria Jeans coffee and others. [1]

Route[edit]

The M-2 starts to the west of Lahore, at the Thokar Niaz Baig junction of N-5 (National Highway No. 5). Once it crosses the Ravi River, it diverges from the N-5 (also known as GT or Grand Trunk Road) and heads west towards Sheikhupura. After passing the Sheikhupura Interchange Khanqah Dogran Interchange comes at a distance of 36 km from the Sheikhupura Interchange. After once at Pindi Bhattian, it crosses the M3 junction and turns north-west. It continues all the way to Kallar Kahar, where it enters the Salt Ranges. Once past the Salt Ranges, the M-2 turns north and ends just west of Rawalpindi at the junction between the Islamabad Link Road and the M1. The whole stretch of the M-2 consists of 6 lanes, and there are a number of rest areas along the route, with washroom and eating facilities. The M2 is a motorway in Punjab province, Pakistan. It is 367 km long and begins in Lahore. It then passes through Sheikhupura, Pindi Bhattian, Kot Momin, Salem, bhera, Lilla, 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.

Interchanges[edit]

Lahore-Islamabad Motorway
Interchange East Exit West Exit
NO Cities, Roads NO Cities, Roads
M2 Zero Point, Lahore 1 Thokar Niaz Beg, Lahore Thokar Niaz Beg, Lahore
Babu Sabu Interchange 2 Babu Sabu, City center, Chowk Yatim Khana, Lahore Ring Road, Distt. Courts Babu Sabu, City center, Chowk Yatim Khana, Lahore Ring Road, Distt. Courts
Faiz Pure Interchange 3 Shahdra Town and Pakistan N-5.svg Sharq Pure, Nakana Sahib and Jardanwala
Kot Abdul Malik Interchange 4 CHAKWLINTERCHNGEN60.png Sheikhupura Side CHAKWLINTERCHNGEN60.png Lahore Side
Kala Shah Kaku Interchange 5 Kala Shah Kaku, Lahore Link Road and Pakistan N-5.svg Kala Shah Kaku, Lahore Link Road and N-5
Sheikhupura Interchange 6 Gujranwala and Pakistan N-5.svg Shahkot CHAKWLINTERCHNGEN60.png
Hiran Minar Interchange 7 Sheikhupura Jandiala Sher Khan
Khanqah Dogran Interchange 8 Hafizabad Khanqah Dogran
Sukheki Interchange 9 Hafizabad Sukheki
Motorway M-4 Pindi Bhattian-Multan 10 Pakistan M-3.svg Faisalabd Pakistan M-4.svg Gojra, Toba Tek Singh, Shorkot, Khanewal Pakistan M-3.svg Faisalabd Pakistan M-4.svg Gojra, Toba Tek Singh, Shorkot, Khanewal
Pindi Bhattian Interchange 11 Hafizabad, Gujranwala and Pakistan N-5.svg Pindi Bhattian, Chiniot and Jhang
Makhdoom Interchange 12 Gujrat and Pakistan N-5.svg Sial More and Sargodha
Kot Momin Interchange 13 Mela Bhabra Mela Bhabra
Saalam Interchange 14 Bhera, Malakwal, Sarai Alamgir, Kharian and Pakistan N-5.svg Shahpur Saddar and Khushab
Lilla Sharif Interchange 15 Pind Dadan Khan, Khewra, Jhelum and Pakistan N-5.svg Lilla Sharif, Khushab
Kallar Kahar Interchange 16 Kallar Kahar, | Choa Saidan Shah, Khewra Salt Mine
Balkasar Interchange 17 Balkassar, Talagang, Lawa, Mianwali, Pindi Gheb, Jand, Chakwal, Sohawa, Mandra
Neelah Dullah Interchange M2 18 Chakwal, Dullah and Bhagwal Neelah
Chakri Interchange 19 Chakri, Rawalpindi and Pakistan N-5.svg Chakri, Rawalpindi and Pakistan N-5.svg
M2-M1 Junction, Islamabd 20 Islamabad/Rawalpindi, Islamabad Motorways Link Road, Pakistan N-5.svg Islamabad/Rawalpindi, Islamabad Motorways Link Road, N-5

History[edit]

The M-2 was conceived by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in his first term(1990–1993) and later inaugurated on November 26, 1997,[2] during his second term. In late 2006, upgrades were made to the portion of the M-2 passing through the Salt Ranges due to increasing complaints of drivers. The upgrades included better marking of the road lines and increased size of road signs for easy visibility.

1. M2 Zero Point, Lahore Thokar Niaz Beg, Lahore

2. Babu Sabu Interchange Eastern Exit to Babu Sabu, City center, Chowk Yatim Khana, Lahore Ring Road, Distt. Courts

3. Faiz Pure Interchange Eastern Exit to Shahdra Town and N-5 Western Exit to Sharq Pure, Nakana Sahib and Jardanwala

4. Kot Abdul Malik Interchange

Exit at Sheikhupura Side and Lahore Side

5. Kala Shah Kaku Interchange Eastern Exit to Kala Shah Kaku, Lahore Link Road and N-5

6. Sheikhupura Interchange Eastern Exit to Gujranwala and N-5 Western Exit to Sheikhupura and Shahkot

7. Khanqah Dogran Interchange Eastern Exit to Hafizabad Western Exit to Khanqah Dogran

8. Sukheki Interchange Eastern Exit to Hafizabad Western Exit to Sukheki

9. Motorway M-4 Pindi Bhattian-Multan Western Exit to Faisalabad

10. Pindi Bhattian Interchange Eastern Exit to Hafizabad, Gujranwala and N-5 Western Exit to Pindi Bhattian, Chiniot and Jhang

11. Makhdoom Interchange Eastern Exit to Gujrat and N-5 Western Exit to Sial More and Sargodha

12. Kot Momin Interchange Eastern Exit to Mela Bhabra

13. Saalam Interchange Eastern Exit to Mandi Bahauddin, Phalia, Gujrat and N-5 Western Exit to Saalam, Bhalwal and Sargodha

14. Bhera Interchange Eastern Exit to Bhera, Malakwal, Sarai Alamgir, Kharian and N-5 Western Exit to Shahpur Saddar and Khushab

13. Lilla Sharif Interchange Eastern Exit to Pind Dadan Khan, Khewra, Jhelum and N-5 Western Exit to Lilla Sharif, Khushab

14. Kallar kahar exit on Motorway M2 Pakistan.png Kallar Kahar Interchange Eastern Exit to Chakwal, Choa Saidan Shah, Khewra Salt Mine, Sohawa and N-5 Western Exit to Kallar Kahar, Talagang, Khushab

15. Balkasar exit on Motorway M2 Pakistan.png Balkasar Interchange Eastern Exit to Chakwal, Sohawa, Mandra and N-5 Western Exit to Balkassar, Talagang, Lawa, Mianwali, Pindi Gheb, Jand,

16. Balkasar Exit On Motorway M2 Pakistan.png Neelah Dullah Interchange M2 Eastern Exit to Chakwal, Dullah and Bhagwal Western Exit to Neelah

17. Chakri Interchange Eastern Exit to Chakri, Rawalpindi and N-5 Western Exit to Pindi Gheb

18. M2-M1 Junction, Islamabd Eastern Exit to Islamabad/Rawalpindi, Islamabad Motorways Link Road, N-5 Western Exit to Gandhara International Airport Road(proposed)

Fuel stations and Service Areas[edit]

Fuel Stations are only available at 5 locations on each side of the road (North & South), These places are called Services Area (or قیام و طعام)

  • Sukheki Services Area - سکھیکی قیام و طعام
  • Sial Services Area - سیال قیام و طعام
  • Bhera Services Area - بھیرہ قیام و طعام
  • Kalar Kahar Services Area - کلر کہار قیام و طعام
  • Chakri - Services Area - چکری قیام و طعام

These services areas are on both sides of the roads, as crossing from inside the motorway is not possible. While coming from Lahore to Islamabad Services Areas are called North Sides (Going towards north) whereas Coming back towards Lahore the services areas are called South Sides ( Going towards South Side). Example: Sukheki North Service Area is when coming from Lahore to Islamabad, Sukheki South Services Area is when going towards Lahore. Average distance between two services are 60-80km.

Rest Areas[edit]

Other than Services Areas for the facilities of commuters, the FWO has granted licences for Rest Areas with some basic services. The Rest Areas are being operated by private investors under the supervision of Frontier Works Organization (FWO). Bake & Bite is operating these Rest Areas The Rest Areas contain following services/ammenities on each side of the location.

  • Masjid
  • Fast Food Restaurant - Take Away
  • Tuck Shop
  • Rest Rooms
  • Work Shops

The location of each Rest Area is as per following.

Bake & Bite Sheikhupura Rest Area - 60KM North and South Bake & Bite Pindi Bhattian Rest Area - 109KM North and South Bake & Bite Dharab Rest Area - 256KM North and South Bake & Bite Baklasar Rest Area - 273KM North and South


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