The Sukkur-Multan motorway, which is part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor’s (CPEC) major transport infrastructure project, is a lynchpin of the Belt and Road Initiative and a symbol of brotherhood between China and Pakistan.
“It’s a linear project with hundreds of working locations, including 21 Chinese residential camps and 23 Pakistani workers camps,” Zahid Grewal, a senior security consultant at China State Construction Engineering Corporation, said (CSCEC).
“It was a difficult undertaking, but CSCEC’s potential and capacity, along with my 32 years of experience dealing with security issues in the Pakistani army, paid off.”
Because the project covers such a large area, it was critical to build an effective security management system early on, according to China Economic Net (CEN).
Faced with multiple challenges and pressures, Zahid swiftly organised his thoughts and began building of the project camp, prioritising the people placement problem.
Finally, he aided in the construction of 21 camps that combined civil defence, physical defence, and technical defence.
“The phrase “the road is a lifeline” has been confirmed in the case of the Sukkur-Multan Motorway. It was a greenfield project that passed through Pakistan’s rural and underdeveloped areas. At peak times, the project directly employed almost 30,000 Pakistanis.”