Construction of western route of CPEC top priority: Chairman NHA

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ISLAMABAD, Oct 7 (APP): Chairman National Highway Authority (NHA) Shahid Ashraf Tarar Friday said construction of 2492 kilometres long western route of Pakistan China Economic Corridor (CPEC) was a priority for his organization.
He was giving a detailed briefing to the participants of 105th National Management Course about the aims, performance and financial and administrative affairs of NHA here at NHA headquarters.
The chairman said the western route will connect Khunjerab, Burhan, Hakla, Daira Ismail Khan, Zhob, Quetta, Surab and Gwadar, adding work on this historic project is continuing rapidly and it would be completed in the next two years.
He said China as well as Pakistan were arranging funds for the projects of CPEC.
He told that the basic objective of NHA was construction and repair of national highways, motorways, expressways and strategic roads.
NHA operates only four percent of the total roads of the country, adding 80 percent activities of the commercial traffic of the country used the network of NHA.
He said at present NHA was working on projects worth Rs 950 billion and it was the biggest department in terms of amount spent on projects.
Chairman NHA said projects worth Rs 140 billion were being completed with the cooperation of private sector. Important projects include Karachi-Hyderabad (M-9) and Lahore-Sialkot Motorway.
He said Rs 300 billion were saved with transparent tendering process in the projects.