Islamabad: Minister for Communications and Postal Services Murad Saeed on Tuesday (January 04) announced that the National Highway Authority (NHA) will construct a road network spanning over 3,300 kilometres in Balochistan, news sources reported. The two-phase project will be 3 times larger than any road infrastructure project in Balochistan executed in the last 15 years.
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The minister – while chairing the meeting on NHA – said that the first phase of the road from Karachi to Quetta and Chaman to Khuzdar will start from January this year. The second phase, however, he said, is still in the procurement and feasibility stages. In separate news, the minister through his official Twitter handle said that NHA revenue has increased by 124.5% in the last 3 years. The growth of PKR 99 billion is more than the previous three years’ numbers. According to the minister, the authority has saved PKR 1 billion through austerity measures and regained PKR 5 billion by reclaiming encroached land.
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He also stated that the NHA has completed work on a 2,000-kilometer road infrastructure project and has plans to build another 6,118 kilometres of roads around the country. Furthermore, he stated that the NHA has launched an e-procurement system to increase transparency and preserve work quality. Similarly, NHA has completed a Geographic Information System (GIS) for road surveys.