NHA’s big­ger role in days to come

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION -

COM­MU­NI­CA­TION in­fras­truc­ture un­doubt­edly plays a sig­nif­i­cant role

only in the so­cio eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of any coun­try but also pro­motes so­cial co­he­sion and har­mony. It is with this back­drop that the present gov­ern­ment of PML-N as per its past tra­di­tions is par­tic­u­larly giv­ing pri­or­ity to build the net­work of mo­tor­ways and ex­press­ways in the coun­try.

This time around the can­vass of the gov­ern­ment vis-à-vis con­struct­ing road in­fras­truc­ture is far big­ger in na­ture, as it de­sires to con­nect the coun­try not only with China un­der multi bil­lion dol­lars CPEC project but also other re­gional coun­tries in­clud­ing Cen­tral Asian States, Afghanistan and Iran. Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif ar­tic­u­lated this vi­sion while in­au­gu­rat­ing the Sukkur-Mul­tan mo­tor­way project on Fri­day. In this sce­nario, the role of Na­tional High­way Author­ity, which is the lead­ing agency for the con­struc­tion of road in­fras­truc­ture, as­sumes great im­por­tance. One of its se­nior of­fi­cials in an in­ter­view the other day ex­pressed the de­ter­mi­na­tion to ex­pand and mod­ern­ize the road net­work as per the vi­sion of the PM. There is no doubt that the NHA has the ex­per­tise, ex­pe­ri­ence and fully equipped to re­al­ize this dream which will not only im­prove the liv­ing stan­dards of the com­mon man but also con­trib­ute to cul­tural de­vel­op­ment be­sides help­ing in cre­at­ing a knowl­edge based so­ci­ety. Since tak­ing over the reins of NHA, Chair­man Shahid Ashraf Tarar has in fact in­fused a new life and spirit in the or­ga­ni­za­tion with his ded­i­cated work. Though he faced crit­i­cism from the op­po­si­tion par­ties for what they said chang­ing the route of China Pak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor project but Tarar, who has served at very other im­por­tant and se­nior po­si­tions, has demon­strated that he is ca­pa­ble to de­liver on the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties en­trusted to his or­ga­ni­za­tion. The num­ber of mo­tor­way projects launched in re­cent times speaks vol­ume of the hard work be­ing put in by him. We ex­pect that the NHA will con­tinue to work with the same vigour and en­ergy in or­der to re­al­ize the dream of mak­ing Pak­istan hub of re­gional trade through de­vel­op­ment of state of the art of com­mu­ni­ca­tion net­work.

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