ISLAMABAD  - Chairman National Highway Authority (NHA) Shahid Ashraf Tarar has directed the relevant officials for timely completion of the work on Lyari Expressway and Kalat-Quetta-Chaman highway (N-25) so that people could start reaping their benefits.

He was addressing a high-level meeting held at the NHA Headquarters yesterday where progress on various under construction projects in Balochistan and Sindh provinces was reviewed. The chairman said that heavy amounts were required for maintenance of existing road network and building of new roads and therefore, asked for a judicious use of available resources.

Yousuf Barakzai, Member (West Zone) informed the meeting that over 98 per cent work on Kolpur Bypass was completed and it was expected to open for traffic after completion soon at a cost of Rs852 million. It was told that Kalat-Quetta-Chaman highway (247 km) was also near completion with over 90 per cent progress. The chairman directed the concerned staff to get the remaining work done by June 30, 2016 and said no further delay would be allowed. The meeting also discussed progress on Yakmuch-Kharan and Aab-e-Gum-Sangam road projects. It was told that work on three packages of 151 km Khuzdar-Shahdadkot Section was in full swing for which. Rs2,800 million were allocated in the current fiscal year.

Similarly, Surab-Basima-Nag-Panjgur-Hoshab highway was being completed in four sections with an average progress of 60 per cent. The chairman directed the staff to come up with a comprehensive plan for establishing service areas along this highway for travelers, and the weigh stations so that the road could be saved against damages by over-loading.

Member (South Zone) Imran Khan Yusufzai briefed the meeting about projects under his jurisdiction. He informed that all necessary resources were in place for completion of remaining work on the Lyari Expressway.

He expressed the hope that 38.8km long Expressway would be completed by the year end at a cost of Rs4892 million. The chairman NHA directed him to ensure project’s in time completion. It was told that work on protection bund at Qazi Ahmed Aamri Bridge will be completed by August 2016. Larkana-Mohenjodaro, Lakhi-Nauderio-Larkana and Ratodero-Naudero projects were duly completed whereas work was in full swing on Karachi-Hyderabad Motorway (M-9). Various matters related to Karachi Northern Bypass, Gharo-Keti Bunder Coastal road, Kamber-Shahdadkot road and Sehwan-Ratodero projects also came under discussion.