The Executive Board of the National Highway Authority approved award of work for construction of two sections of Yakmach-Kharan road in Balochistan during a meeting held at NHA head office today with Chairman Shahid Ashraf Tarar in the chair. The 200 km long project is divided into four packages of which approval for the first two was earlier granted by the Executive Board and where the construction work is already in progress. The details for the two sections approved today are as follows;
The third package It is 50 km long and was awarded to the M/s Sachal Engineering Works (Pvt) Ltd (the lowest evaluated bidder) at the bid price of Rs. 2.458 billion. This is 14.43% below the Engineer’s estimate. The fourth package is 48 km long and was awarded to the M/s Sachal Engineering Works (Pvt) Ltd (the lowest evaluated bidder) at the bid price of Rs. 2.495 billion. This is 10.42% below the Engineer’s estimate. Yakmach-Kharan road project is being executed under the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP). Its PC-1 was approved by the ECNEC at an amount of Rs. 13.758 billion. PSDP allocation for year 2017-18 is Rs. 3 billion.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chairman NHA said the development of infrastructure in Balochistan was among NHA’s top priorities. He said the construction of this road would immensely help the poor people of those areas through creation of employment opportunities and accelerated economic growth. He also informed the meeting that Yakmach-Kharan road, on completion, will also serve as a useful link with Nokudi-Mashkel-Panjgur road (90 km) whose inclusion in CPEC was already approved in principle and the formal approval was accepted in the upcoming meeting of the Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) later this year.
The Executive Board also approved the proposal for establishment of nine Emergency Response Centers (ERC) in Balochistan. These centers would be established in Dhanasar, Mina Bazar, Kalat, Surab, Wad, Kararo, Nag, Wangu and Hoshab. The Chairman NHA informed the meeting that NHA would establish the response centers from its own resources and these would be equipped with various facilities including doctors, paramedics and ambulances to provide timely aid and care to those injured in road accidents along the national highways.