Pakistan is among those South Asian countries that enjoy a significant location on the world map. Through the land route, it links many of the Central Asian countries in the region with the Arabian Sea. This is why our country hosts a large network of motorways and highways, many of which are used as key trade routes. The infrastructure of the country’s roadlinks is also being upgraded under the banner of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects.
One of the noteworthy examples in this regard is N-25 National Highway, which is also known as the Regional Cooperation for Development (RCD) Highway. So, in this post, we have decided to give you a comprehensive overview of the RCD Highway, highlighting the latest updates and some important facts about this significant trade route in the country.
Quick Facts About RCD Highway (N-25 National Highway)
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With a total length of 813 kilometres (505 miles), N-25 National Highway is one of the longest highways in Pakistan. It starts from Karachi, Sindh, and runs all the way to Chaman, Balochistan. The highway is owned and managed by the National Highway Authority (NHA).
Moreover, the security and traffic flow along the entire route of this highway is controlled by the National Highway and Motorway Police (NH&MP). Linking some of the major cities in Sindh and Balochistan, the route of N-25 National Highway holds extreme significance for goods trading and intercity travelling. So, let’s learn more about it in the next section of our blog.
Route of RCD Highway, Pakistan
As of now, the route of N-25 National Highway (RCD Highway) starts from Shershah Colony, one of Karachi’s famous urban localities located in the western part of the city. It runs along the Hub River Road in the city.
Travelling further north-west along the route, it leaves the territory of Sindh and enters Balochistan. This highway in Pakistan connects cities like Bela, Khuzdar, Kalat and Quetta along its hundreds of kilometres long route. N-25 National Highway ends in the city of Chaman, which is located near the Pakistan-Afghan border.
The road further continues into Afghanistan and is also used as a controlled access cross-border trade route. Quetta-Taftan N-40 Highway also merges into RCD Highway near the region of Hazarganji-Chiltan National Park, which further increases the significance of this roadlink.
Since this highway in Pakistan is largely used by people travelling between Quetta and Karachi, it is also popularly known as the Quetta-Karachi Highway. This also makes it one of the busiest highways in the entire country. For decades, a large part of this highway has been a narrow, double-lane road with traffic flowing in both directions. This results in regular traffic congestions and accidents.
Safety Tip: Most of the accidents that occur on this road are due to overspeeding. So, it’s better to strictly follow the defined speed limits while travelling on N-25 Highway, Pakistan, or any other intercity roadlink in the country for the safety of your own and others on the road.
To tackle such a situation and make this route safer for intercity travelling as well as goods transportation, authorities have planned and allocated funds for the improvisation of one of the longest highways in Pakistan. So, if you want to read some latest updates on RCD Highway, take a look at the next section of our blog.
Infrastructure Developments on N-25 National Highway
In recent years, some of the noteworthy infrastructure developments on N-25 National Highway have taken place. For instance, the road segment of RCD Highway in Karachi was upgraded in 2017 and street lights were installed along the route till Hub River bridge.
Moreover, as per the latest updates on RCD Highway, Pakistan, the dualisation of the route is also being planned. The project intends to convert the entire Quetta-Karachi highway into a multi-lane route to ensure a smoother and safer flow of traffic. As of now, navigational sign boards and road markings on the road segment of RCD Highway running between Karachi and Khuzdar have also been upgraded.
Here we wrap our blog post on the Regional Cooperation for Development (RCD) Highway. We hope it has provided you with all the useful information about this popular roadlink in Pakistan.
In case, you have travelled on N-25 Highway and have anything to share regarding your experience that may be useful for other readers, feel free to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d be glad to hear from you.
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