Mechanism evolved to control prices, quality of items on motorways

Staff Reporter

Senator Kamil Ali Agha presided over meeting of Senate Standing Committee on Communications held here on Tuesday.

Secretary Communications Mr. Zafar Hasan, Chairman National Highway Authority Capt Muhammad Khurram Agha and Senior officers of Ministry of Communications (MOC) and National Highway Authority (NHA) participated.

On an observation by Senator Kamil Agha, Chairman National Highway Authority Capt Muhammad Khurram Agha told the committee that as per directive of Prime Minister Office, a mechanism has been evolved to control prices and quality of items on motorways to facilitate the travelers.

According to which list of prices shall be placed at prominent places at Restaurants, Tuck Shops etc set up at rest areas and service areas. Banners are to be placed with designation and telephone numbers of concerned officials.

In case of overcharging and sale of sub-standard items, travelers may contact at the given numbers. NHA, as per clauses of contract will take action against the violators. NHA has also formed teams for proper checking and keeping an eye on the system.

Chairman National Highway Authority Capt Muhammad Khurram Agha sougt cooperation to this effect of the people so that this process could be continued successfully.

In the meeting, the committee also agreed to the proposal to enhance the fine limit of Rs. 500 to Rs. 25000 in case of driving under the influence of drugs.

The meeting was told, National Highway Authority is undertaking steps for widening and rehabilitation of section of National Highway (N-35) from Muslimabad, Havelian to Shahina Jamil Hospital passing through Abbottabad city.

To this effect, it was further told that upon receipt of response of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government, the PC-I for land would be processed for approval of CDWP/ECNEC.

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