Peshawar: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Highways Council adopted the Pakhtunkhwa Highways Authority’s (PKHA) annual repair plan for the years 2021-22 on Tuesday.

According to a statement released here, Chief Minister Mahmood Khan presided over the council meeting and asked PKHA officials to present a full report on monies allocated to it during the previous fiscal year, as well as maintenance work completed.

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The province government would provide Rs. 1.2 billion to the maintenance plan, while PKHA will contribute Rs472 million from its own funds. The cash will be used to maintain 3,000 kilometres of roads and highways across the province, as well as to repair flood-damaged roads, build new toll plazas, and do other operational tasks.

According to the statement, the council suggested that PKHA’s proposed budget for the fiscal year 2021-22 be given to the provincial cabinet for final approval following a thorough discussion.

In principle, the meeting agreed to change the PKHA Act to allow the council to adopt its yearly budget in the same way as other autonomous organisations of the provincial government do. The affected authorities were told to offer the revisions to the provincial cabinet for approval.

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The council also approved the provincialization of four roads, including the 35-kilometer Sheringal-Patrak, 126-kilometer Topi-Buner, 85-kilometer Thakot-Darband, and 61-kilometer Bannu-Miranshah roads, to ensure better management and maintenance.

The meeting also approved the creation of additional positions to strengthen and expand the PKHA. The gathering was briefed on the new road and highway projects included in the PKHA’s Annual Development Program.

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