Multan: According to news reports, the National Highways Authority (NHA) Executive Board has approved the award of Rs 6.886 billion to M/s NXCC-NCC-MS JV (Joint Venture of M/s Ningxia Communication Construction Co Ltd. – Nauman Construction Company Ltd – Muhammad Sajjad (Pvt) Ltd) for construction of the Lodhran-Multan Section and construction of two flyovers at railway crossings.

Captain Muhammad Khurram Agha (retired), Chairman, NHA, presided over the meeting of the NHA Executive Board.

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The Board discussed the award of the Lodhran–Multan Section (North Bound 62 Km) of N-5 and the construction of two flyovers at Lodhran Bypass Railway Crossings.

The NHA Executive Board recommended awarding the contract to M/s NXCC-NCC-MS JV, the lowest evaluated bidder, at a bid price of Rs 6.886 billion, which is 26.03 percent less than the engineer’s estimate of Rs 9.308 billion.

The Board approved the award of the Mansehra Toll Plaza (N-35) Operations, Management, and Maintenance (OM&M) contract to M/s Safdar Wasim Shafait & Brothers at his quoted bid of Rs4.9 million per month, which is 4.83 percent higher than last year’s revenue for the fiscal year 2019-20, with effect from the date of commencement until June 30, 2022. The NHA Executive Board canceled the contract for the services of a Structure Expert in the Road Assets Management Directorate (RAMD) for design evaluation of bridges and allied structures on the NHA network and directed that a new contract be advertised and initiated.

The Board suggested that the National Highway Council approve the federalization of the “major Astore valley road (Thallichi, Diamer to Shounter, Astore Section)” and that the federal cabinet approve it later.

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The Board further directed the NHA to pursue the case with the AJ&K government to acquire a NOC for the federalization of the remaining stretch of the route between Kel and Muzaffarabad.

The NHA Executive Board recommended that the National Economic Council’s Executive Committee approve the “PC-I for construction of Balkasar-Mianwali Road (119 km)” for Rs 55.726 billion (ECNEC).

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