Tag Archives: Motorway

Huge cache of arms, ammunition recovered from vehicle on Lahore-Islamabad motorway

RAWALPINDI: A huge amount of arms and ammunition were recovered from a vehicle on the Lahore-Islamabad Motorway near Chakri Interchange, Express News reported on Wednesday.

The law enforcement agencies stopped a vehicle on the motorway and seized 200 pistols, 19 Kalashnikovs and 23 other guns from it.

Around 48,000 bullets and 45 night visions telescopes were also recovered.

Two suspects, Noor Zaman and Israr, were also taken into custody and shifted to an undisclosed location for interrogation.


Road safety: Motorway police to check unfit vehicles

National Highways and Motorway Police (NHMP) will launch a campaign against mechanically-unfit vehicles, said a press release issued on Thursday.

NHMP Inspector General Zulfiqar Ahmad Cheema said unfit vehicles will be banned from motorways and highways as mechanical faults often results in fatal accidents.

Cheema directed the police to check passenger-overloading, particularly during Ramazan and on Eid holidays.

“Accident analysis of the last six months shows that drowsiness, brake failure and tyre bursting are the major causes of accidents on highways and motorways.”

Zonal commanders attended the operational meeting, while officers from remote formations joined the meeting through video link.

The IG directed zonal commanders to take preemptive measures and sensitise road users through awareness campaigns.

Separately, NHMP has banned another 50 vehicles including seven buses, 12 wagons, four coasters and 27 trucks from entering motorways for 15 days. These vehicles had violated speed limit or lane discipline on five or more occasions.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 11th, 2014.


Development schemes: Rs45b allocated for Malir Motorway

KARACHI: 

A high-level meeting was held at the Governor House on Thursday to persuade Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to allocate more money for development schemes in Karachi.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan, Corps Commander Sajjad Ghani and provincial chief secretary Sajjad Saleem Hotiana were among the officials who attended the meeting.

Some of the projects for which funding was sought include K-4, SIII, Karachi circular railway and Malir Expressway, which has now been renamed Malir Motorway. This motorway starts from DHA and links up with the Super Highway via Quaidabad and Port Qasim Authority.

“A total of Rs45 billion will be spent on this project which will be built in different phases. But cantonment areas falling along the motorway are an impediment to the development process,” said the chief minister.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 4th, 2014.


ECNEC approves construction of 387 km leg of Karachi-Lahore motorway

ISLAMABAD: The Executive Committee of National Economic Council on Thursday approved a dozen development schemes worth Rs428 billion including projects related to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and raising of Balochistan Constibulary.

Under the chair of Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, the ECNEC also approved the construction of Karachi-Multan-Lahore Motorway (KLM) Project’s Sukkur-Multan leg. The approval came just days before a Pakistani delegation is set to leave for China to discuss financing issues of infrastructure and energy sector projects that will be completed under the economic corridor project.

The 387 kilometer long Sukkur-Multan project will be completed at a cost of Rs259.4 billion. 90% of the project cost will be funded by China, according to a handout issued by Ministry of Finance after the ECNEC meeting. The remaining cost of the project will come from PSDP.

The project is expected to be completed by October 2017 and will be executed by National Highway Authority. The project envisages construction of 387 km long, six lanes, Sukkur-Multan section and is part of 1,148 km Karachi-Lahore Motorway.

The body also approved land acquisition, affected properties compensation and relocation of utilities for construction of the Motorway. This will cost Rs51 billion.

With the approval of the land acquisition and construction of a section of the Karachi-Lahore motorway, the issue of Pak-China corridor route has been settled. In order to address security concerns on the old western route through Balochistan, the government has opted for the new Eastern route despite protestations from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) and Balochistan parliamentarians.

The old route was along the western lines of the country but passes through some restive areas. Pakistan and China have agreed to construct the economic corridor that will give access to western parts of China to Gwadar port for international trade and secure energy supplies for the future.

Balochistan projects

The ECNEC approved a project for raising the Balochistan Constabulary at a cost of Rs5.2 billion. The project is aimed at assisting police and district administration in maintaining law and order in the crisis hit province.

The project will see a 10,000 strong Balochistan Constabulary for which 6,000 personnel will be recruited. 4,000 reserve police personnel will be merged into this force to raise it to 10,000 members.

The constabulary will also be responsible for ensuring security along the economic corridor.

Gwadar free trade zone 

The body also approved acquisition of land for establishment of Free Trade Zone in Gwadar at a cost of Rs6.5 billion.

The project aims to acquire 2,281 acres of land for establishing a free trade zone at Gwadar Port. 1,627 acres of the required land would be acquired from private land owners.

The meeting also approved the widening and improvement of the 250 km long Kalat-Quetta-Chaman Road section of National Highway N-25 with a revised cost of Rs19.2billion.

Other projects

At a cost of Rs30.5 billion the ECNEC cleared the Hasanabdal (Burhan)-Havelian Expressway.

A project for flood emergency reconstruction of bunds and canals was approved at a cost of Rs26.9 billion. Almost Rs19.2 million of the funds would acquired from foreign loan.

The body also approved a project for evacuation of power from Wind Power Plants at Jhimpir and Gharo Wind Clusters located in district Thatta and Jamshoro in Sindh with a modified cost of Rs11.3 billion.

Rs4.9 billion, in principle, was also approved for Prime Minister’s programme for provision of laptops. The program aims at distributing 100,000 laptops amongst students studying in any public sector higher education institute across the country.

The ECNEC approved rehabilitation and up-gradation of Trimmu Barrage and Panjnad Headwork’s with a rationalised cost of Rs16.8 billion including Rs14.9 billion loan by Asian Development Bank (ADB).

The meeting also approved dualisation and improvement of 64 km long Mandra-Chakwal Raod project at a revised cost of Rs4.7 billion. The project was originally cleared by former Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf but became controversial afterwards.


Stern punishment: Habitual violators banned from motorway

The National Highways and Motorway Police (NHMP) have banned the entry of eight buses, 34 wagons, five coasters and three trailers on the motorways for 15 days for violating speed limits or lane discipline on five or more occasions.

A press release issued here on Wednesday said the NHMP have started computerising records of all vehicles and traffic rule violations for better implementation of the rules.

After a number of public awareness drives, NHMP has announced to take strict action against violations of rules such as seat-belt, speed limit, and lane discipline. It has particularly warned drivers of public service vehicles.

Earlier, NHMP warned it would suspend driving licenses for six months for three violations of speed limits.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 12th, 2014.


Assist them: ‘Help with Karachi-Lahore Motorway construction’

KARACHI: 

The Sindh chief secretary, Sajjad Saleem Hotiana, has advised the Board of Revenue and the Works and Services Department to extend their full cooperation to the National Highway Authority (NHA) during the construction of the Karachi-Lahore Motorway by the federal government.

The motorway is being constructed to provide an international standard road network between the two megacities.

Hotiana expressed these views while presiding over a meeting on Tuesday in his office, which was attended by the National Database and Registration Authority chairperson Shahid Tarrar, Board of Revenue senior member Malik Asrar Hussain, planning and development additional chief secretary Muhammad Waseem, among others. The total length of the Karachi-Lahore Motorway will be 1,147km. The NHA chairperson said the preliminary proceedings for the motorway’s construction will be completed in the first week of July. 

Published in The Express Tribune, June 4th, 2014.