The Federal government had launched several road infrastructure projects in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) with special focus on less developed areas.
An official of the National Highway Authority (NHA) told the state’s media agency that after the completion, the ongoing road infrastructure projects in the KP will not only open new vistas of opportunities for the people of adjacent areas but also end sense of deprivation among the people.
Giving details about the allocations made for various NHA projects in ongoing Public Sector Development Programme, he said for dualization and improvement of Old Bannu Road, Rs.4 billion had been earmarked whereas for dualization and improvement of Pindigheb-Kohat Road, partially in Rs. 4.5 billion had been allocated.
He said that for the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Corridor Development Investment Programme Tranche-I Projects funded by Asian Development Bank (ADB), Rs. 2.5 billion had been allocated out of which Rs. 1 billion was foreign aid. About 36 km Peshawar-Dara Adam Khail Section of N-55 was one of the three projects being carried out under the allocation, he added.
He said that for the construction of Burhan-Havelian Expressway (E-35), Rs. 1.5 billion had been allocated out of which Rs. 500 million was foreign aid. For the construction of 118 km Havelian-Thakot, which was part of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Rs. 2.5 billion had been allocated out of which Rs. 2.0 billion were from foreign aid, he added.
The official further added that for the construction of a motorway from Burhan-Hakla on M-I to Dera Ismail Khan between Punjab and KP, Rs. 20 billion had been allocated. The project will likely to become operational during the present fiscal year, he added.
Rs. 5.0 billion had been specified for dualization of Indus Highway (N-55) Sarai Gambila-Kohat Section. He said for Lowari Road Tunnel and Access Roads Project, Rs. 2 billion had been earmarked and for the construction of Malakand Tunnel (Phase-I), Rs. 1.0 billion had been earmarked.
The NHA official said that for Peshawar Northern Bypass, Rs. 3.50 billion had been allocated and for Khyber Pass Economic Corridor Project, Rs. 1.50 billion had been earmarked out of which Rs. 500 million were in foreign aid.