Islamabad: National Highway Authority (NHA) is planning to build Gilgit-Shandur-Chitral road to provide an alternate route to China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
NHA Spokesperson Kashif Zaman told APP Thursday that detail design and feasibility study of the Sahndur-Chitral section has been completed while pre-feasibility study for Gilgit-Shandur section have been completed while its PC-I is under progress.
This new road will be an all-weather road and will also provide an alternative route to CPEC during the winter season when the Silk route is closed due to snowfall.
With it, people can easily travel to Chitral throughout the year. After Lowari Tunnel the new project will be another best possible route for travelling to the region and will save travel time as well.The estimated cost of 345 kilometre long road is Rs 45 billion.
The designed speed on the two-lane road would be 40 kilomtre per hour. The road will have 30 bridges and 1283 culverts including 48 pipe culverts and 212 box culverts.