Salt sprinkling underway to avoid icing: NHA

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The team of the National Highway Authority (NHA) has begun a salt sprinkling operation on highways to prevent icing on the roads after the snowfall in different areas of Balochistan.

Talking to a state run news agency, NHA official informed that snowfall started from Khanozai to Makhai Ada and Khojak Top Section while cloudy weather was observed on N-65 Quetta-Kolpur section. He informed that NHA had established camps on vulnerable points of National Highways including Kalat -Chaman N-25, Lakpass-Noshki N-40, Kuchlak-Killa Saifullah N-50, Quetta- Mach N-65 and also started clearance work, which resulted in no blockage of any Highways in Balochistan.

He said that the initiative of salt sprinkling was taken as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of drivers and pedestrians during the winter months. The operation was being carried out regularly to maintain clear and safe passage for the commuters, the official added. He said that the NHA team had been working diligently to ensure that the roads in the Lakpass and other highways remain open for commuters during snowfall. He said that the team would continue to monitor the weather conditions to adjust the frequency and intensity of the salt sprinkling as needed. He said that all the stakeholders and the public had been informed that all the roads of the NHA.—NNI