NHA striving to expand, modernize road network

Islamabad—Following the vision of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, National Highway Authority (NHA) has been striving to expand and modernize road network in the country to keep up with growing needs of the transport.
An official of NHA told APP Saturday that Pakistan’s present leadership has made development of an integrated road network one of its top most priorities and game-changer projects like China-Pak Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Peshawar-Karachi Motorway are parts of the same effort.
The authority, he said, has been developing infrastructure projects through private sector on Build Operate Transfer (BOT) basis.
He said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is the name of building roads from Khunjerab to Gwadar. A number of sections of this mega project, he said, have been completed and remaining sections are under construction. The Corridor project comprises modern highway and railway transportation system; linking Kashgar in West China, to Khunjerab in the north and onwards to Karachi and Gawadar in the south of Pakistan through multiple routes.
He said that the 784 km segment from Khunjerab to Burhan consists of Karakoram Highway (KKH), out of which 335 km from Khunjerab to Raikot has already been upgraded. Remaining from Raikot to Islamabad is divided into three sub sections i.e. Raikot-Thakot, Thakot-Havelian and Havelian-Islamabad.
He said that construction work on 120 km Thakot-Havelian section of Hazara Motorway has started after its ground breaking by the Prime Minister. He said that work on 59 km Burhan-Havelian of Hazara Motorway going smoothly and it will be completed by end 2017, at cost of Rs 34 billion. This road link is part of Pakistan-China Economic Corridor agreement.
The 60 km long expressway will reduce the drive time from Islamabad to Havelian to just 30 minutes. Also, it will facilitate the Havelian Dry Port project,he added.—APP

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