Islamabad: On Thursday, a legislative committee raised concern over the rising expenses of different National Highway Authority (NHA) projects. NHA should have a 25-year vision for road master planning, according to the Senate Standing Committee on Communications, which convened at Parliament House with its chairman Senator Prince Omar Ahmadzai in the chair.
Senator Saifullah Abro, a committee member, expressed concerns about the increased expenses of numerous projects, particularly the Larkana-Nodero-Lakhi road stretch. He also voiced dissatisfaction with the state of a number of NHA-built roads.
Following these concerns, the chairman, in collaboration with committee members, established a subcommittee, chaired by Senator Saifullah Abro, to assess the NHA’s ongoing and finished projects. The committee would also include Senators Shamim Afridi and Kamil Ali Agha.
Senior NHA officials had already informed the committee on the Indus Highway’s annual repair plans from Mianwali to Och Sharif, Petaro-Sehwan, Fort Monroe to Ghazi Ghat Bridge, and Dera Ghazi Khan bypass.
Secretary of Communications Zafar Hasan stated that the system had issues that needed to be addressed as quickly as feasible. He stated that the ministry was attempting to fix things.
He told the committee that his office was using satellite photos to computerise the operation system, which would be updated quarterly. The computerised method would assist in identifying regions where encroachment was taking place.