Islamabad: According to news reports, on Thursday, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) authorized $235 million for Pakistan to improve its national highway.

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The project will focus on expanding the 222-kilometer Shikarpur-Rajanpur portion of National Highway from a two-lane road to a four-lane carriageway, according to an ADB statement.

The project is part of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Corridor 5, which connects the southern Pakistani ports of Karachi and Gwadar with national and international economic centers in the north.

According to an ADB transportation specialist, the project will increase space on a major highway portion that runs through busy economic hubs in Sindh and Punjab.

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They went on to say that the project will ensure road safety, allowing users to move easily and comfortably. They will also build bus stations and emergency response centers to make things easier for the residents. The first $180 million tranches of the loan was approved in September 2017 for the rehabilitation of 143 kilometers of highway in Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces.

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