Senate Functional Committee on Problems of Less Developed Areas in its meeting recommended that the two by-passes at Loralai should be included in next year’s PSDP because they are much needed for heavy transport as well as local transport.
Similarly, regarding the by-pass in Muslim Bagh the committee was told byNational Highway Authority that the project is in design phase and ministry of Planning is in a better position to tell if at this stage the realignment as proposed by the Committee can be carried out or not because that track is longer and would also require more land acquisition. Committee observed that the commitment was given in the committee on Communications around 4 months earlier land is also available and will be less costly than the present location. The Committee was assured that the matter will be again taken up with planning for review of the alignment.
For the by-pass in Zhob, the Committee was told that the project is a part of CPEC and is an approved project. The Committee recommended that this should be processed separately and may be funded by PSDP.
The meeting was held under the chairmanship Senator Usman Khan Kakar here at the Parliament House on Friday and was attended among others by Senators Nighat Mirza, Moulvi Faiz Muhammad, Kalsoom Parveen, Gianchand, Anwar Lal Deen, Secretary Communications, representative from NHA and planning.
The Committee was also given a briefing on action taken by National Highway Authority food lands acquisition/authorisation and rendering process food construction of roads/motorways from Dera Ismail Khan-Zhob-Quetta-Khuchlak being less developed areas in Balochistan province.
Regarding Chakdara-Kalam road in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa the Committee appreciated the efficient construction in the project which has reduced the travel time form 4 hours to 1 hour and will also lead to increased tourism.