ISLAMABAD, Aug 28 (APP): National Highway Authority
(NHA) has been focusing on Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) projects
to involve private sector in highway building projects.
An official of NHA told APP Sunday that the present
government wants to upgrade road infrastructure in the next
five to seven years.
This goal can only be achieved with the support of private
sector,whereas budget allocations alone can meet about 50 pc of
the set targeted demands, he said.
The rest has to come from the Public-Private-Partnership
(PPP) projects, he added.
He said that public private partnership is becoming an
essential component of NHA development strategy.
He said that recent achievements of the NHA PPP
projects include renovation of 357 km Lahore-Islamabad Motorway
(M-2),Habibabad flyover near Pattoki on Peshawar-Karachi Highway
(N-5) and under construction Karachi-Hyderabad Motorway (M-9).
The NHA official said that PPP projects at procurement stage
include improvement and widening of N-5 from M-2/N-5 junction to
He said that 20 km section widening would also include
6-lane flyover at Tarnol railway crossing.
He said that 53 km Pindi Bhattian-Faisalabad Motorway (M-3)
would be converted into six-lane motorway on BOT basis in near
He said 95 km Sialkot-Lahore Motorway will also be a landmark
project built with collaboration of private sector.
He said that other NHA 's PPP projects include 296 km
Hyderabad-Sukkur section of Karachi-Lahore Motorway (KLM),35 km
Tarnol-Fateh Jang section of Islamabad-Kohat Highway (N-80) to be
converted into four-lane divided highway.
He said that the projects of conversion of Nowshera-Peshawar
section of N-5 into 6-lane divided expressway and two service areas
on Kabul river on Peshawar-Islamabad Motorway (M-1) will also be
executed under BOT.