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NHA Initiates Development Work on 53 Mega Projects

09/01/2020

NHA Initiates Development Work on 53 Mega Projects

The National Highway Authority (NHA) has initiated development work to enhance the road infrastructure reflected in the federal government's proposed "Public Sector Development Programme Plus" plan, with designated deadlines. The federal government has recently announced a three-year development plan (2020-2023), which is expected to be completed with the help of investment of private sector.

The authority has identified a total of 53 mega projects, which will be completed with an investment of Rs 5.2 trillion. The Plan is divided into two categories and is named as Public Sector Development Programme Plus (PSDP Plus). The first category comprises of 29 projects in 11 sectors with zero government involvement. The total investment in this category would be Rs 2.9 trillion. The second category comprises of 24 projects in 7 sectors with limited government involvement. Total investment in this category would be Rs 2.3 trillion.

The road infrastructure and related projects appear to be one of the major contributors of PSDP Plus where investment is envisaged to be mainly from the private sector. Sukkar-Hyderabad Motorway and construction of 527 km long Tarnol, Fatehjang, Talagang, Mianwali, Muzaffar Garh Highway are the new projects under the first category whereas grant of Operating Concession of N-5, a major artery commonly known as GT Road, an existing maintenance related project.

The second category of projects where government may pitch in some investment include 14 infrastructure projects out of total 24 where NHA has been assigned to execute the work of 9 projects due to its managerial and technical capabilities compared to other similar organizations in the country. Three months are given for the Sukkar-Hyderabad Motorway Project to complete the process while six months are given for rest of the two projects. However, some of the senior officers of NHA are of the view that the deadlines given in the PSDP Plus are ambitious in nature as most of the projects need comprehensive studies.

A former Member Finance NHA Shoaib Khan appreciated the idea of PSDP Plus, and said:, “Having examined the list of projects in road infrastructure sector, it can be said that most of the projects require detailed feasibility studies from technical and commercial point of view, whereas, the timeline for project preparation given in the list appears to be very ambitious.”

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