Peshawar: According to news reports, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Highways Council authorised PKR 1.672 billion for the Pakhtunkhwa Highways Authority’s yearly repair plan on Tuesday (October 5).

The meeting was presided over by Chief Minister (CM) Mahmood Khan, who instructed KPHA officials to provide a report on the funds’ allocation and maintenance work accomplished last year. It was resolved at the meeting that the budget for road network maintenance should be forwarded to the provincial cabinet for approval.

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The funding will be used to maintain 3,000 kilometres of roads and highways throughout the province, according to the specifications. It will comprise flood-damaged road restoration, the building of new toll plazas, and other operational work.

Furthermore, the panel emphasised the need for an effective mechanism to prevent freight truck overloading on PKHA-managed roadways. The meeting also agreed to the provincialization of four roads in order to ensure proper maintenance and management. The highways include the following:

  • 126-kilometre Topi-Buner road
  • 85-kilometre Thakot-Darband road
  • 61-kilometre Bannu-Miranshah road
  • 35-kilometre Sheringal-Patrak road

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The gathering was also updated on new highway and road projects under the Annual Development Programme (ADP). According to reports, ADP listed six motorway projects with a total cost of more than PKR 6 billion. The PKHA has listed two significant road projects in its Accelerated Implementation Programme (AIP):

  • Thal-Parachinar road rehabilitation (costing PKR 8.6 billion)
  • Bannu-Miranshah road dualization (costing PKR 8.6 billion).

CM Khan remarked that timely completion of road and highway projects should be ensured in order to offer people with high-quality transportation options.

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