NHA striv­ing to ex­pand, mod­ernise roads net­work as per PM’s vi­sion

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

ISLAMABAD—Fol­low­ing the vi­sion of Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif, Na­tional High­way Author­ity (NHA) has been striv­ing to ex­pand and mod­ern­ize road net­work in the coun­try to keep up with grow­ing needs of the trans­port. An of­fi­cial of NHA told APP Fri­day that Pak­istan’s present lead­er­ship has made de­vel­op­ment of an in­te­grated road net­work one of its top most pri­or­i­ties and gamechanger pro­jects like China Pak Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor (CPEC) and Pe­shawar Karachi Mo­tor­way are parts of the same ef­fort.

The author­ity, he said, has been de­vel­op­ing in­fra­struc­ture pro­jects through pri­vate sec­tor on the Build Own Op­er­ate (BOO) and Build Op­er­ate Trans­fer (BOT) ba­sis. For the first time in Pak­istan’s his­tory, three Build Op­er­ate Trans­fer pro­jects, cost­ing Rs 91 bil­lion, have been re­warded which will gen­er­ate Rs 366 bil­lion over the con­ces­sion pe­riod.

He said that China-Pak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor (CPEC) is the name of build­ing roads from Khun­jerab to Gwadar. A num­ber of sec­tions of this mega project, he said, have been com­pleted and re­main­ing sec­tions are un­der con­struc­tion. The Cor­ri­dor project com­prises mod­ern high­way and rail­way trans­porta­tion sys­tem; link­ing Kash­gar in West China, to Khun­jerab in the north and on­wards to Karachi and Gawadar in the south of Pak­istan through mul­ti­ple routes.

He said that the 784 Km seg­ment from Khun-jerab to Burhan con­sists of Karako­ram High­way (KKH), out of which 335 Km from Khun­jerab to Raikot has al­ready been up­graded. Re­main­ing from Raikot to Islamabad is di­vided into three sub sec­tions i.e. Raikot Thakot, Thakot-Havelian and Havelian-Islamabad.

He said that con­struc­tion work on 120 Km Tha-kot Havelian sec­tion of Hazara Mo­tor­way has started af­ter its ground break­ing by the Prime Min­is­ter re­cently. He said that work on 59 Km Burhan-Havelian of Hazara Mo­tor­way go­ing smoothly and it will be com­pleted by end 2017, at cost of Rs. 34 bil-lion. This road link is part of Pak­istan-China Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor agree­ment. —APP

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