ISLAMABAD - Despite financial crunch, NHA is striving to clear liabilities of the contractors so that projects could be completed well in time. This was stated by Chairman National Highway Authority Syed Muhammad Ali Gardezi while presiding over the NHAs 207th Executive Board Meeting held here on Tuesday. He said that some relief has been given to NHA by providing Rs 2.3 billion. However, he said more funds were required to continue construction activity on NHA schemes. He said shortage of funds had badly affected the pace of work. The Executive Board accorded approval for rehabilitation work of 28-km portion of Nowshera-Peshawar section of N-5 that was submerged during the last years floods. The Executive Board approved its revised contract cost of more than Rs 1,130,000,000. The meeting discussed various aspects of award of work for construction of 57-km Khanewal-Multan Motorway (M-4 Extension). The ECNEC has approved its PC-1 amounting to Rs 14.5 billion. The board members also reviewed the grand Shahdara Flyover project. Length of this partially elevated expressway will be 5.75 km. 6 lane this expressway will cost Rs. 9.654 billion. Matters relating to establishment of Highway Research & Training Centre (HRTC) construction of Sandhilianwali Bridge across River Ravi and Wazirabad-Khanqah Dogran Expressway were discussed in detail. The Meeting was attended by Rana Asad Amin-Additional Secretary (Budget) Finance Division, Abdul Basit Khan-Senior Joint Secretary Ministry of Communications, Bashir Ahmed-Chief NTRC, Qazi Iftikhar Ahmed-Vice President NESPAK, Munir Ahmed Anjum-Chief (T & C) Planning Commission, Muhammad Junaid-Member (Finance) NHA, Sabir Hassan-Member (Planning) NHA, Dr. Muhammad Shafique-Deputy Inspector General National Highways & Motorway Police, and Ch. Khalid Naseem-Secretary NHA.