This was stated by NHA’s Member (Planning) Sabir Hasan at a ceremony of the 11th Senior National Management Course.
Sabir Hasan told that NHA is implementing 82 highway schemes at cost of Rs. 569 billion, while 14 new projects are in pipeline costing Rs. 95 billion. 98 Toll Plazas have been approved on National Highways, out of which 84 are operational.
He said that NHA is striving hard for availability of National Trade Corridor (NTC), in the country. Practical advancement is being made for achieving North South economic corridor, providing linkages with Gwadar and upgradation of Karakoram Highway in particulars.
Under NTC programme highways, Motorways, Expressways are being constructed from ports to borders with the view to provide linkages for the Transit Trade. NTC will reduce 50 per cent traveling time, decrease 10 percent transportation cost and reduce 70 percent road fatalities.
He said that Rs 300 Billion will be spent during next 5 to 7 years for this gigantic programme. He further said that pragmatic steps have been taken to save asset of highways from bad effects of overloading.