ISLAMABAD: National Highway Authority (NHA) has constructed or rehabilitated about 1275 KM roads all over the country during past five years.Of the total 1275 KM, the NHA has constructed or rehabilitated 70 kms roads in Punjab, 235 KM in Sindh, 124 KM in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), and a maximum 846 KM roads in Balochistan.
An official of the NHA told APP on Monday that the NHA had completed three major river bridges during last five years, three major bridges on the Indus river while one each was under construction on the Ravi and the Chenab.
They said that the government had now planned to develop approximately 2,395 KM long China Pak Economic Corridor (CPEC) connecting Gwadar to Kashghar (China) and also decided to build six-lane Karachi Lahore Motorway (KLM).
The KLM is part of CPEC Phase I and work has already been initiated on Burhan-Havelian Expressway and basic work for KLM to serve initially the Economic Corridor to ensure optimal utilization of existing network.
Its strategic objectives also include opening hinder land areas and will bring more population into stream of benefits, which in turn will change the social complexion of people living around this corridor.
With regard to major upcoming development projects, the sources said these include construction of Karachi-Lahore Motorway (1147 KM), improvement/up gradation of Thakot-Havelian section of KKH (120 KM), construction of Lahore Eastern Bypass (13.5 KM), construction of Lower Topa-Kohala 4 lane Expressway (48 KM), construction of highway from Muzaffarabad to Taobult in Neelum Valley, construction of tunnel in Leepah valley, up gradation of Jhaglot Skardu Road, S 1 (163 KM), Qilla Saifullah-Loralai-Waigum- Rud section of N 70 (124 KM), Zhob-Mughalkot section of N 50 (78 KM) and approach road to new Islamabad International Airport (31.5 KM).
Some significant ongoing projects of the NHA include Faisalabad Multan Motorway (M 4), Quetta Chaman Section of N 25 (120 KM), Peshawar Torkham section of N 5 (45 KM), Burhan-Havelian Expressway (59km) E 35, Gwadar-Turbat-Hoshab section of M 8 (200 km), Hoshab-Nag-Basima-Surab section (459 km) N 85, Lowari Tunnel and Access Roads,Sehwan-Ratodero Highway (N 55), Sukkur Jacobabad (N 65), realignment of KKH at Attaabad, Flood Emergency Rehab Project, Peshawar Northern Bypass (E 2) and Overlay and Modernization of M-2.