ISLAMABAD: The National Highway Authority (NHA) has been striving to construct network of highways and motorways in less-developed areas of the country with special focus on Balochistan.
In Balochistan, work on 17 road infrastructure projects is continuing in backward areas to bring them on a par with the developed ones, an official of NHA told APP on Sunday.
The NHA official said that for dualisation of 408km Khuzdar-Chaman section of N-25, including rehabilitation of existing Khuzdar-Kalat section and land acquisition, Rs2 billion have been earmarked in the current fiscal year under Public Sector Development Programme.
For dualisation of 210km Yarik-Mughalkot-Zhob section of N-50 CPEC western alignment, including Zhob bypass and land acquisition, Rs5 billion have been set aside, he said.
For 106km Basima-Khuzdar Highway Rs1,500 million have been allocated in the present fiscal, he said, adding that Rs4 billion have been earmarked for Bella-Awaran-Hoshab Road.
For construction of black top road Yakmach-Kharan highway Rs3 billion have been allocated while for construction of 80km road from Harnai to Sanjavi Rs1 billion have been set aside, he informed.
He said Rs1500 million have been earmarked for 200km Gwadar-Turbat-Hoshab section of Gwadar-Rattodero while for improvement and widening of balance work of 51km Kararo Wad section of N-25, Rs1 billion have been allocated.
He said that for 247km Kalat-Quetta- Chaman section of N-25 Rs500 million have been earmarked
For National Highway Development Sector Improvement Programme a total of Rs1.25 billion have been allocated and Qila Saifullah-Loralai-Wagum Rud section of N-70 is being rehabilitated under this programme.
He said that Rs500 million have been allocated for rehabilitation and improvement of 120km Quetta-Dhadhar section of N-65 whereas Rs1 billion has also been earmarked for 41km Sanan-Aab-e-Gum connecting road between Sibbi and Kachhi district.
The official said that Rs1 billion has also been earmarked for widening and improvement of 459km Hoshab-Nag-Basima-Surab section of N-85.
He said that Rs1.25 billion has been allocated for construction of 81km Zhob-Mughalkot section of N-50. Moreover, Rs5 billion has been earmarked for Zhob to Kuchlak road, including land acquisition and Nokundi-Musakhel-Panjgoor road, he said.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 15th, 2018.