Islamabad: The National Highway Authority (NHA) has decided to initiate 42 new road development schemes in a bid to upgrade and expand the road infrastructure of the country, according to a news source. The authority is also focused on the timely completion of the ongoing projects.
Out of the new projects, 31 are expected to be funded by the government and the remaining 11 to be completed under a public-private partnership mode. The total estimated cost for this extensive project is PKR 160,000 million.
Under the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP), funds worth PKR 5,000 million were recently allocated for developing the Hoshab-Awaran-Khuzdar Section of the M-8 motorway. The details of allocations under the PSDP are as follows:
- PKR 8,000 million for CPEC’s Zhob to Kuchlak Road.
- PKR 1,000 million for the construction of the Khuzadar Bypass on N-25 (total estimated cost of the project is PKR 4,000 million).
- PKR 2,400 million for the construction of the Rajanpur-DG Khan as a four-lane Highway (a project with an estimated cost of PKR 20,000 million and funded by ADB).
- PKR 800 million for the construction of Quetta Western Bypass (total estimated cost: PKR 3,400 million).
- PKR 500 million PSDP for construction of a four-lane-flyover at Barakahu on Islamabad-Muree Dual Carriageway (N-75). The project’s total estimated cost is PKR 3,000 million.
- PKR 1,000 million for the extension of the Coastal Highway (total estimated cost: PKR 5,000 million).
- PKR 1,000 million for the construction of Additional Carriageway Shikarpur-Rajanpur Section of N-55 CAREC Corridor (ADB). The project’s total estimated cost is PKR 45,000 million.
The department official who divulged these details also mentioned that the PSDP for FY 2019-20 had also made allocations for the 11 road project to be developed on a public-private partnership model.