1- NHA




Aug 15 - 21, 2005

Undoubtedly, a coordinated communications network plays vital role in all-round development of some country, and eases transportation of trade goods as well as the passengers. Keeping in view the importance of communications system, the country's existing leadership is paying due attention to develop, extend and maintain communications infrastructure for promoting inter links among the people living in different parts of the country. The increasing economic activities in the country have necessitated the expansion and modernization of communications network. The task for construction, maintenance and development of national highways, motorways and strategic roads and that of the bridges, has been assigned to the National Highway Authority (NHA), Ministry of Communications that is striving hard to fulfill the national obligation. During the running financial year, Rs. 18 billion have been allocated for construction & extension of national highways and motorways network in the country.

During the regime of existing leadership of Pakistan, the National Highway authority has made exemplary progress and during the last a few years, a number of developmental projects of construction, maintenance and extension of national highways have been completed, or work on them is progressing rapidly. Being lifeline of the country, the Karachi-Lahore-Peshawar national highway is playing key role in socio-economic development. The NHA is implementing the dualisation project of this grand highway and this work is in the final stage. Till now, dualisation work on Hala-Moro, Moro-Kotri Kabir, Kotri Kabir-Babelo, Baberlo-Ghotki, Ghotki, Ghotki-Ubaro, Ubaro-Rahim Yar Khan, Bahawalpur, Multan, Multan-Mianchannu, Okara-Lahore, Band Road Lahore, Kharian-Rawalpindi and Chablat-Nowshera sections has been completed.

Likewise Uthal-Bela, and Sarab-Kalat sections of Karachi-Quetta-Chaman highway, and that Dalbandin-Nokundi section of Lakpass-Nokundi-Taftan highway have also been competed. Moreover Shahdadkot-Khuzdar, and Ratodero-Shahdadkot-Koba Saeed Khan sections of the Gwadar-Ratodero Highway have also been competed.

Under construction Indus Highway is to prove a valuable addition to our highway network and its completion will provide a shorter route by reducing about 400 km distance between Karachi and Peshawar as compared to the Karachi-Lahore-Peshawar national highway. The completed section of Ist and 2nd phases of the Indus Highway include Kotri-Manjhand, Manjhand-Sehwan, Ratodero -Ghouspur, Shori Nullah-Rajanpur, D.G.Kahn Retra Junction,

Retra-Malana junctions, 4 CRBC bridges, Sarai Gambila-Karak, Karak-Karappa Chowk, Karappa- Chowk- Badabher. Construction of the Kohat Tunnel is a part of the Indus Highway. The Tunnel has already been completed ahead of schedule and opened for traffic. While Kohat link Road Project has also been completed and opened for traffic. Construction activity on 3rd phase of the Indus Highway, have also been started now.

Besides, the NHA is attaching great importance to the improvement work of the Karakoram Highway, as this symbol of Pak-China Friendship is to play vital role in regional trade activity between Pakistan, China and the Central Asian States and that trade agreements to this effect have already been concluded.

Work on Barakahu-Satramile portion of the Islamabad-Murree-Kohala highway has been completed. Work on dual carriageway upto Murree is in full swing. After completion, Pindi Bahattian-Faisalabad Motorway has also been opened for traffic. The salient feature of this project is that a consortium comprising of Pakistani construction firms have completed this motorway that has created a new spirit and confidence among the indigenous builders and engineers and they will be able to undertake more such big projects in this sector. Sukkur Bridge, Chiniot Bridge, Barian- Nathia Gali-Abbotabad road, and Tall-Para Chinar projects are also on the list of the completed projects.

Newly built bridge over River Indus at Khairabad has also been completed and opened for traffic, while Jehangira Commercial underpass project has also been realized.

Above all, the NHA is implementing a number of projects throughout the country. The ongoing projects also include Trinda Mohammad Panah-Bahawalpur highway and building of a new bridge Over River Sutlej. Makran Coastal highway has also been completed and inaugurated by President of Pakistan. Project of Lyari Expressway is also underway, while Karachi Northern Bypass Project will greatly help discipline traffic inside Karachi city. Construction activity on Mansehra-Kaghan-Naran-Jalkhad highway is also in progress. This highway will further be extend upto Chilas thus an alternate and shorter route between Rawalpindi and Gilgit will be available. Besides, work on Dera Ismail Khan-Mughal Kot, Dera Alayar-Nautal, Nautal-Sibbi, Khujuri-Bewata and Satra Mile-Lower Topa (Murree) projects is also in progress.

Islamabad-Peshawar Motorway (M-1) is another important project and construction activity on this project has been re-started and the remaining work is being completed by a consortium of the Pakistani Construction companies. Steps are also underway to compensate the affectees of the Islamabad- Peshawar Motorway. Work on Islamabad- Burhan and Rashakai-Charsadda Sections of M-1 has been completed.

In order t ensure availability of funds for highway building and their maintenance, the NHA is modernizing its toll collection system, and it is being planned to set-up electronic toll plazas along the national highway network so that financial load on national exchequer with regard to highways construction could be reduced to every possible extent. Concrete measures are being taken to protect this national asset from bad effects of overloading and concerned departments are being contacted in this regard. Such endeavours will ultimately pave the way for promotion of business activities, for providing safe and sound journey and for accelerating the pace of economic restoration process.