islamabad - The executive board of the National Highway Authority (NHA) yesterday reviewed progress on countrywide highway schemes and various financial and administrative affairs of the authority.

The board met on Tuesday with Chairman Shahid Ashraf Tarar in the chair to accord approval for award of works for Pindi Gheb to Tarap (Package-IV) of Hakla-DI Khan Motorway which is part of western route of China Pakistan Economic Corridor. Fifty kilometres 4-lane section will be completed in two years at a cost of around Rs 21 billion. The meeting also reviewed progress over Takht Bhai Flyover and desired to expedite work for its timely completion. This flyover (600m) is being completed at cost of Rs 851 million and is scheduled to be completed by July 2016.

The meeting was told that 86% work was completed on rehabilitation of Quetta Airport Road. The chairman directed the concerned staff to complete the remaining work of this 7.7-km road by the next month. Matters related to Hassanabdal-Havelian Expressway, Yarik-Rehmani Khel Section of Hakla-DI Khan Motorway and up-gradation of N-5 from Thokar Niaz Baig to Hudyiara Drain also came under discussion during the meeting.

The chairman NHA while speaking on the occasion said the NHA is trying to promote local contractors by giving them more opportunities in road construction schemes. He informed that a detailed plan on restructuring and reorganisation of NHA was prepared in order to enhance its performance. Internal audit system was strengthened and efforts were made to make the organisation more independent and self-reliant.

Shaukat Hayat, IG (NH&MP), Malik Ahmed Khan, Member (Infrastructure) P&D Division, Altaf Asghar, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Communications, Azhar Masood, Vice President H & TED NESPAK, Raja Nowsherwan, Member (Planning) NHA, Shoaib Ahmed Khan, Member (Finance)NHA, Hassan Syed, Deputy Chief (Engineer) NTRC and Ali Akbar Memon, Secretary, NHA participated in the meeting.