ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Communications Murad Saeed Friday directed authorities concerned to expedite construction work on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and other projects without any compromise on efficiency and quality standards of the project.
The state minister during his visit to Hakla-D I Khan section of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) junction and Hassanabdal-Hazara Motorway E-35 received briefing on the progress of construction work of the projects.
Murad vowed to complete the ongoing projects particularly CPEC schemes on priority basis and said zero tolerance would be bore against encroachers on the motorways and highways.
The minster during his visit also observed anti-encroachment operation on Tarnol Motorway N-5 and Cut Vegetation Works operation. He also interacted with the victims of the encroachments and ensured prompt redressal of their grievances. The anti-encroachment operation against the violators of Right of Way (ROW) would continue without any fear and favour fulfilling all rules and regulations, he remarked.
National Highway Authority (NHA) officials while briefing the minister said that the project consists of six packages while the Hakla-Pindigheb was Package-V, which is the western route of CPEC. The Member Motorway North Fazal Nawab Khattak in his presentation said that for the most part of the development work on all the projects has been completed while the remaining work would be completed by December 2019.
The NHA Chairman Jawwad Rafique Malik also apprised the minster about the issues being faced by the Authority in the execution of the project. He said that Rs25 billion have been allocated for the project in the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2018-19. “Uninterrupted funding for the projects would help to make sure in time completion of the Hakla-D I Khan project”, he maintained.
The minister also planted saplings on the Hakla D I Khan CPEC route site and Hazara Motorway inaugurating the massive Billion Tree Plantation drive of the Prime Minister Imran Khan. He said the saplings planted on the highways and motorways by NHA are prescribed by the Ministry of Climate Change keeping in view the ecological demands and environment of the areas.
“NHA has planted 15,000-20,000 saplings on 290 km motorway routes, while it has set 6 lac target of saplings to be planted over all of its routes”, the NHA official said.
During his visit to Hassanabdal-Hazara Motorway, the minister was informed that the 56.7 km long project has three components whereas construction of the two has been done while 83 percent of the development work was completed on the third as it comprises of four bridges to be erected. The executing authority of the project told the minister that it would be completed by December 2018 where he directed them to ensure project completion in due course of time.
The NHA officials informed that late completion of the project would cost per day fine to the executing body as no indolence would be bore in public projects.