KKH ex­pan­sion project to strengthen Pak­istan-China ties

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GIL­GIT: The Chi­nese En­gi­neers en­gaged in widen­ing of Karaku­ram High­way (KKH) are work­ing round the clock to get the project com­pleted within stip­u­lated time so that peo­ple could have an easy ac­cess to both the coun­tries.

This was stated by Gen­eral Man­ager (GM) Na­tional High­way Author­ity ( NHA) Ab­dul­lah Jan while talk­ing to APP here Tues­day.

He said the Chi­nese Com­pany CRBC was work­ing on widen­ing of KKH which was link­ing the coun­try with China and was the main source of trade be­tween both sides. The Gen­eral Man­ager said

high­way was be­ing widened in two parts. First one from Khun­jarab to Raikote point, while other from Raikote to on­ward.

The NHA of­fi­cial said this 335 Kms long part of KKH would cost $500 mil­lion, adding, 85 per cent of the to­tal cost had al­ready been pro­vided by the Chi­nese EXIM Bank while re­main­ing was be­ing pro­vided by the fed­eral govern­ment.

In re­ply to a ques­tion he said more than 3000 Chi­nese work­ers were work­ing on the project, but the num­ber will de­crease be­cause of the se­vere weather con­di­tions.

The GM fur­ther said the state of the art de­sign would give max­i­mum com­fort to the com­muters in this moun­tain­ous ter­rain with min­i­mum rather slight­est risk of ac­ci­dents.

Ab­dul­lah Jan said width of the road was 7.3 me­ter hav­ing 0.5 me­ter shoul­der which was giv­ing a pic­ture of an ideal na­tional high­way.

He said the work on the project had started in year 2008, and would com­plete in 2012. The of­fi­cial said some 35 RCC bridges were con­structed by the Chi­nese en­gi­neers and more bridges were be­ing con­structed.

Gen­eral Man­ager said the heavy ma­chin­ery be­ing used in the ex­e­cu­tion of project had also been trans­ported from China. -App

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