Islamabad: According to news reports, the National Highway Authority (NHA) plans to connect the Peshawar-Torkham Expressway (PTEX) with National Highways 5 (N-5) and N-55. In response to the World Bank’s proposals to increase North-South connection, the decision was made.

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The World Bank granted USD 407 million in funding for the construction of the 48-kilometer Peshawar-Torkham Road in 2018. The NHA will design a project study, and the same company that is building the Peshawar-Torkham highway will be in charge of the feasibility report and project study design.

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A summary has been forwarded to the executive board for approval in this regard. N55 is a 1,250-kilometer route connecting Karachi and Peshawar, whereas N-5 is the longest motorway connecting Karachi and the Torkham border. Both highways are essential for maintaining business relations between Karachi in the south and the country’s northern regions, as well as Central Asian countries.

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