The traffic bridge of Mohmand Dam Hydropower Project has been opened successfully. The Chinese and Pakistani staff gathered at the bridgehead to witness this important moment. The bridge is located at the upstream of main dam with a total length of 119m and two-way independent lanes. It is a three-span simply supported beam bridge..
ECNEC approves roads to connect Gilgit Baltistan with KP, Azad Kashmir
In an apparent move to provide alternate routes to the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, the federal government approved two inter-provincial connectivity road projects in Gilgit Baltistan (GB) to link the region with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
The executive committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC), which met here with the Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue Shaukat Tarin in the chair, approved the Gilgit-Shounter road project and Astore-Shounter (AJK) road projects at a cumulative cost of over Rs70 billion.
These regional connectivity roads would connect the strategically located northern part of the country with KP and AJK, ultimately linking it with the rest of the country.
According to details, Gilgit- Baltistan and AJK (Thallichi (GB) – Shounter (AJK)), widening and rehabilitation of Astore Valley Road, Package i-iv-103 km, package iv-vii-18km, and total length of 121km (package I to V& VII)) project was approved at the rationalised cost of Rs19.195 billion.
The project is being sponsored by the Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan which is expected to be completed in three years
ISLAMABAD (APP): Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected the National Highway Authority (NHA) report on dilapidated condition of N-25 highway and sought report on repairing of highways and accidents.
A three-member Supreme Court bench comprising Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel and Justice Sayyed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi heard the case and expressed annoyance over the performance of NHA.
During the course of proceedings, the Chief Justice questioned the Member Admin NHA as to where the funds received by the National Highway Authority were utilized. NHA roads damaged by rainwater, he added.
He said that NHA was responsible for killing of people in traffic accidents.
Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed said that NHA had become a corrupt institution as petrol pumps, hotels, shops had been leased on highway lands.
According to the 2018 report, 5,932 people were killed in 12,894 accidents while today’s news was that 36,000 people lost their lives in road accidents this year, he added.
The National Highway Authority Member Planning Shahid Ahsan said that the condition of the roads would be improved by the end of this year.
Chief Justice said that the NHA was not doing standard work on any road as people were dying on the roads due to NHA’s negligence. Not even trees were planted on the sides of the highways, he added.
He said that the contractors in the NHA were engaged in minting money. The NHA got so much money but it was not known where these funds were utilized, he added.
Later, hearing of the case was adjourned till date in office.
Asad Umar said the government had allocated Rs244 billion for motorways, highways, interprovincial/districts roads, airport, railway projects.
3,261 kilometre length of new roads will be added to the network.
Some major projects including :..............
Khyber Pass Economic Corridor Project (Rs8.5 bn),
Sukkur-Hyderabad Motorway Land (Rs4.6 bn),
Eastbay Expressway Gwadar (Rs2.1 bn),
Dualization & Improvement of Existing N-50-Yarik-Sagu-Zhob-210 km (Rs1.6 bn),
Construction of M-8 Hoshab-Awaran-Khuzdar (section-2)168 kms (Rs1.5 bn),
Improvement and widening of Chitral-Booni-Mastuj-Shandur Road (Rs2 bn),
Roads linking motorways in Punjab, Main Line I (ML-I) (Rs6.2 bn) and
Gwadar Airport (Rs1.1 bn) would be constructed.
Umar said tank and weapons don’t lead to development, instead inclusive development plays a vital role in bringing prosperity to the country.
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