ISLAMABAD: The Executive Board of National Highway Authority (NHA) accorded approval to the PC-1 for construction of infrastructure of Metro Bus Service for Peshawar More to New Islamabad International Airport (NIIA).

Presiding over the meeting, Chairman NHA Mr. Shahid Ashraf Tarar said, this project is undertaken on the directive of the Prime Minister of Pakistan and all the necessary arrangements are being made for timely completion of Peshawar More-NIIA Metro Bus Project.

The project will be completed in four packages. Ten stations will be constructed on the route of the Metro Bus, while three stations will be constructed in the future. Chairman NHA further told that NHA is strengthening its monitoring and inspection system to ensure quality construction of highway schemes, throughout the country.

The meeting also accorded approval for detailed design for dualization of 164 Km Gambila to Kohat Section of Indus Highway, up-gradation and improvement of Jand-Kohat Section (63 Km), and a new link from Jand to Pindi Gheb (23 Km), thus connecting N-80 with the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The meeting also accorded approval for construction of 16-Lane Islamabad Toll Plaza on Motorway M-1, and periodic maintenance works in Balochistan, Sindh, Northern Areas and Gilgit-Baltistan. The meeting also discussed various aspects of Lahore-Sialkot Motorway, widening of Alpuri-Besham, and 42km Aab-i-Gum-Sangan (Balochistan) projects.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Shaukat Hayat, IG(NH&MP), Mr. Altaf Asghar, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Communications, Mr. Sajjad Afzal Afridi, Chief, NTRC, Malik Ahmed Khan, Member (Infrastructure) P&D, Division, Mr. Azhar Masood, Vice President NESPAK, Raja Nowsherwan, Member (Planning) NHA, Mr. Shoaib Ahmed Khan, Member (Finance) NHA, and Mr. Saeed Ahmed Malik, Secretary (NHA).