NHA, CRBC ink accord for reconstruction of Karakorum Highway
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