ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Thursday directed the NHA and FWO to work in close coordination to complete the impeding work on the Additional Carriageway, measuring 73.6 kilometers from Torkham to Jalalabad.
A meeting chaired by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar here reviewed the issues impeding work on the Additional Carriageway (73.6 KMs) from Torkham to Jalalabad.
Secretary, Planning and Development and Director General Frontier Works Organization (FWO briefed the minister about the current status of the project and the revised cost, also giving him an update on pending payments to FWO.
The NHA had entrusted the project of carriageway to FWO back in January 2007 and 58% physical progress was achieved but at that stage, FWO demobilized from the site in September 2008 owing to the payments issue.
The minister directed the NHA and FWO to work in close coordination to complete this project on priority as per the revised cost. He also directed them to settle the issue of payments without much ado.
He said the project has been on halt for almost seven years which has led to escalation in overall cost. He said further delay should be avoided. He referred to his meeting with his Afghan counterpart and the visit of Afghan President where completion of Pakistan’s development projects in Afghanistan was duly emphasized.
He said Pakistan has a resolve to contribute maximum for economic development in Afghanistan and this project would augment its efforts for peace and prosperity in the brotherly country.
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