National highways will be built with apolitical spirit; Peshawar Northern bypass should be completed forthwith: Standing Committee

Peshawar, January 30, 2018 (PPI-OT): National Highways will be built with apolitical spirit. Peshawar Northern bypass should be completed forthwith. These recommendations were made by the Standing Committee on Communications of National Assembly in its meeting held today at NHA headquarters, Peshawar. The Committee was informed that N-55 is going to be built in phases. Three phases will be financed by the soft loan being issued by the Exim Bank Koria. The Committee recommended that the road from Chakdara to Lawari Tunnel may be improved on priority basis. The Committee was appraised that the road from Gilgit to Shandoor to Chitral has been made part of CPEC.

However, the said area is not in the control of NHA. Rather it is under provincial control. The Committee recommended that Provincial Government and the NHA should immediately take necessary steps to federalize the Gilgit-Chitral road. It was informed to the Committee that Provincial Government is constructing Swat Expressway with the help of FWO. However, NOC to make interchange on motorway is yet to be given. The Committee constituted a Sub-Committee to look into the matter and make it possible that the NOC is issued without further delay. The Committee declared that all the national projects, especially, the roads would be constructed with apolitical spirit.

The meeting was presided over by the Chairman Standing Committee on National Assembly on Communications Mr. Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi and attended by Members National Assembly Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, Mr. Nazir Ahmed Bughio, Mr. Sanjay Parwani, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Engr. Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil, Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai, Mr. Salim Rehman, Mr. Sarzameen and Ms. Naseema Hafeez Panezai. Moreover, Deputy Commissioner, Peshawar and senior officers from National Highways and Provincial Highways, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa attended the meeting.

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