Early completion of CPEC top priority: Chairman NHA
The participants of Inland Study Tour of National Management Course visited NHA head office today where they were given a detailed briefing about the organization, its working and a detailed overview of development projects currently under construction in various parts of the country.
Welcoming the guests, Chairman NHA, Shahid Ashraf Tarar dilated upon the profile of the organization regarding construction, development and maintenance of national highways, motorways, expressways and strategic roads in Pakistan. He informed the guests that while roads under NHA constituted only 4% of country’s entire network; they carried 80% of commercial and 65% of cargo traffic load. He said that development projects worth over Rs. 1200 billion were presently under execution including the all important China Pakistan Economic Corridor. He said the early completion of CPEC’s Western route was organization’s top priority as it passed through the less privileged areas of the country. He said work on different sections of the western alignment had already started and expressed his hope to complete the work by the end of 2018. He also informed that for the first time in country’s history, substantial private sector investment was encouraged towards highway schemes and projects worth over Rs. 340 billion were awarded on BOT (Built -Operate -Transfer) including Karachi-Hyderabad Motorway (M-9) and Lahore-Sialkot Motorway. Chairman NHA also informed the audience about the various measures NHA had adopted to ensure greater transparency in the procurement process which resulted in saving of billions of rupees to the national exchequer. The briefing was followed by a question-answer session.
Mr. Naeem Aslam, Dean of National School of Public Policy, in his remarks appreciated NHA’s role as pioneer organization in building international quality highways and motorways in Pakistan and lauded the improved standards of transparency and efficiency in the development of road infrastructure schemes. Special shields were also exchanged on the occasion.