Government reviewed the program of the national
highways/roads. While parting with wasteful expenditure on
low-priority high sounding projects, the Government has
re-prioritized the projects so as to yield greater economic
benefits to the common man. The highways located in
Baluchistan Province will now receive greater importance.
level of funds have been provided for dualization of
National Highway N-5 (Karachi-Lahore-Peshawar) which carries
56 per cent of the entire traffic of the country serving 80
per cent of our economic activities. In pursuance of this
policy, contracts for the construction of additional
carriageway and rehabilitation of the existing 170 Km of
road have been awarded and a new bridge over river Chenab at
Gujrat has been commissioned into service in July 1994.
on Hyderabad Bypass including a four-lane new bridge over
river Indus has been speeded up and is expected to be opened
to traffic in December, 1994.
order to reduce the congestion of traffic In Lahore city and
for quicker north-South movement of traffic, the Prime
Minister laid the foundation stone of Lahore Bypass, in
February, 1994. Work is to start on the project which
includes a new six-lane bridge over River Ravi, for early
Highway is vital not only for defense of the country but
also to open up West Bank of river Indus to greater economic
activity. This project was conceived in early seventies but
was abandoned in 1978. The Government is now giving higher
priority to this project. Under Phase I & II, work on
ten contracts covering a length of 823 kilometers of the
Highway has been awarded. Under Phase III, remaining
sections covering about 400 km and Kohat Tunnel will be
taken up. Loan negotiations with OECF of Japan for Kohat
Tunnel have been finalized. Contracts for these works will
be awarded during 1994.
Khuzdar-Quetta Chamman Road
materialize higher priority to infrastructure in Balochistan,
the Government has provided larger funds to this project.
Apart from benefiting the people of the province, this road
provides the shortest route for Karachi port to Central
Asian States. At present, it is a narrow road of low
specifications. To cater for the heavy traffic, widening and
improvement of this road has been taken up by the
Government. Work on 308 km costing Rs. 2.77 billion has
already been awarded.
road which provides the main link to Iran is narrow and of
low specifications. The Government has accorded top priority
to this project. The missing link between Nankundi and
Taftan (124 km) has been completed. Improvement of 168 km of
road between Dalbandin-Nankundi costing Rs. 1986 million is
Government has taken in land the design-work pertaining to
the Makran Coastal Road. The proposed road will link
Liari-Ormara-Pasni-Gwadar and Jiwani with Karachi. It will
open up vistas of great economic opportunity for the entire
country as well as for the people of this under-developed
for the construction of Ratodero-Shahdadkot-Quba Said Khan section (64
km) of the above Expressway has been awarded. The work is in progress.
This Expressway will ultimately be linked with Gwadar Port. The
feasibility study and design work of Gwadar-Khuzdar section is also
nearly complete. This Expressway will provide a direct access to the
port of Gwadar for Balochistan, Sindh and Punjab provinces. With the
construction of this modern highway, Central Asian Republics will be
able to use the deep-water port of Gwadar.
Bridge and Bypass
Highway N-5 and N-65 are linked by the Sukkur Barrage Road Bridge which
is very narrow and not suitable for heavy traffic. In order to cater for
the increasing volume of traffic, a new bridge down-stream of the
Barrage along with Sukkur By-pass has been ordered at a cost of US $ 40
million. Negotiations are at advanced stage with Asian Development Bank.
National Highway Authority has also taken up the construction of road
from Gharo to Keti Bunder for which a sum of Rs. 150 million has been
provided in the fiscal year 1994-95. The construction work is in full
the development of Federally Administrated Tribal Areas, the Government
has accorded high priority to the completion of Tall-Parachinar road. Rs.
100 million have been allocated during 1994-95 for the completion of
this road. The Prime Minister has also directed to extend this road upto
and Dir Districts of NWFP are cut off from the rest of the country for
over six months during the winter. The people are put to great test and
discomfort when they have to travel to other parts of the country
through Afghanistan during this period. In order to provide an all
weather link between Chitral and the rest of Pakistan, early
construction of the Lowari Tunnel is being planned, Sweden and Japan
have expressed interest in financing and execution of the project.
Swedish Government has financed the on-going feasibility study at a cost
of US $ 1.5 million. On completion of this study, the Lowari Tunnel
project will be taken in hand before the end of the current financial
concentration of urban population in major cities like Karachi and
Faisalabad has assumed such challenging proportions that public and
private sector transport is unable to cope with the requirement. The
Government has, therefore, decided to set up a Mass Transit Authority
for upgrading the transport system initially at Karachi. It will be
followed by similar projects to be undertaken in Lahore and Faisalabad.