ISLAMABAD: National Highway Authority (NHA) has invited applications for proposals and alignment validation for 487 kilometers Raikot-Islamabad Highway on priority as part of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
According to General Manager procurement and contract administration NHA Pervaiz Iqbal Sulehry the highway remained important because four new dams-Thakot, Pattan, Dassu and Diamer Bhasha would be constructed in its vicinity.
The closing date for receiving of the proposal applications has been set July 28, he added.
Giving the detailed background of the proposals, Sulehry said Raikot-Islamabad Highway would start off from Pak-China Border and would connect to the existing Karakoram Highway and reach Islamabad and would be further extended to Gwadar in the near future.
The re-alignment of the 24 kilometer of the existing Karakoram Highway was also part of the project and it would be 2-lane from Khanjrab to Mansehra, 4-lane from Mansehra to Islamabad and 6-lane from Islamabad to Gwadar, Pervaiz said.
To accommodate four proposed dams on the project, NHA planned to reconstruct 230 kilometers of the Karakoram Highway as per new design, he explained. He said PCEC would boost, trade tourism, industry and agriculture of the entire region.
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