ADB approves $235 million to upgrade Pakistan roads

ADB approves $235 million to upgrade Pakistan roads

ISLAMABAD: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved $235 million to Pakistan on Thursday to enhance national highway in country.

A statement issued by ADB stated that the project will focus on expansion of 222-kilometer Shikarpur-Rajanpur section of National Highway into four lane carriageway from a two lane road.

The expansion is part of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Corridor 5 which links the ports of Karachi and Gwardar in southern Pakistan with national and international economic centers to the north.

The Transport Specialist in ADB said that the project will increase space of the busy highway section that travels through the busy economic centers in Sindh and Punjab.

They further said that the project will ensure the road safety so that the users can travel easily and smoothly. They will also construct the bus stops and emergency response centers to facilitate the people. The first tranche of the loan of $180 million was issued in September 2017 for the improvement of 143 kilometers of Highway in province of Sindh and Khyber PakhtunKhwa.

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