NHA, CRBC ink ac­cord for re­con­struc­tion of Karako­rum High­way

The Pak Banker - - 2national -

IS­LAM­ABAD: Na­tional High­way Author­ity ( NHA), Min­istry of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and China Road and Bridge Cor­po­ra­tion (CRBC), China signed an agree­ment for re­con­struc­tion/rehabilitation of af­fected por­tion of Karako­rum High­way, due to At­taabad Lake, at a cost of US$ 275 mil­lion.

Chair­man NHA Altaf Ahmed Chaudhry and Pres­i­dent CRBC Wen Gang signed the agree­ment on be­half of their re­spec­tive or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Later talk­ing to me­dia per­sons Chair­man NHA said that heavy land slid­ing at At­taabad on Karako­rum High­way (KKH) had blocked the flow of the river Hunza which re­sulted in emer­gence of a lake at the site. This new lake sub­merged about 25 km of KKH, re­sult­ing in blocked traf­fic and all other re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties across, says a press re­lease.

Chair­man said that CRBC was al­ready en­gaged in widen­ing and rehabilitation of Raikot-Khun­jrab sec­tion of KKH. Af­ter sur­vey, CRBC pro­posed that by bring­ing down the level of lake by 30 me­ters, a por­tion of the sub­merged road can be saved and a new align­ment will have to be made for the rest of the por­tion. NHA and CRBC dis­cussed the mat­ter and agreed to take up the project.

Giv­ing de­tails of the project Chair­man NHA said that un­der the project 17 km long road will be con­structed on new align­ment while 7 km of road will be re­ha­bil­i­tated. The project will be com­pleted at a cost of US$ 275 mil­lion in 2 years. He said the project in­cludes con­struc­tion of two tun­nels hav­ing length of 4485 me­ter and 1225 me­ter re­spec­tively. -App

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