NHA slammed for delaying CPEC infra projects

The National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Communications lashed out at the National Highway Au­thority (NHA) for not meeting the completion time of many important road projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and some others KP amoun­ting to billions of rupees. A meeting of the board held at the NHA headquarters observed that road projects in KP northern bypass (PNB), KP southern bypass (PSB) and Mardan-Swabi-Topi road — and projects under the CPEC —Abbott bad tunnel and motorways in Hazara.According to an article provided to the committee members by the NHA, package-I of the PNB was programmed to be completed by May 2011, but it was completed in 2014 and still, some work on it was on the increase. Similarly, it’s package-III could not be completed at its stipulated time of October 2014 & just its completion date has been revised to December this year. NHA officials informed the committee that the PNB project had been delayed because of the issue of acquisition of land belonging to former The CPEC-related 119 but now it is expected to complete by February 2020.

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