ISLAMABAD: National Highway Authority (NHA) is working on dualization and up-gradation project of 83 kilometre Old Bannu Road in
Bannu district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
An official of NHA told reporter on Monday that the project was part of
Indus Highway and the first package of the project, 40 kilometre
Domail – Khurrum portion was awarded to the Frontier Works
Organization (FWO) at the bid price of Rs 7.132 billion. Its work
started in February 2018 and so far about 26 per cent physical
progress has been achieved mainly due to lack of funds availability
, the official added.
He said its second package the 35 km Khurram-Krapa portion costing Rs
5.927 billion was awarded to the FWO. Its work had started in
February 2018 and so far about 19 per cent physical progress has been
The third package of Old Bannu road, 8 kilometre Gaandi Chowk – Sarai
Naurang section was awarded to M/s NCC-IKAN-HRPL Joint Venture at the
bid price of Rs 0.718 billion. Work on the package also started in
February 2018 and so far over 73 per cent physical progress of the
project has been achieved.
He further said that the existing road was single carriageway which
was being dualised and improved. He said the project would provide
the heavy traffic movement on Indus Highway (N-55) with an alternate
route thus sharing the traffic burden with Indus Highway. The NHA
official said that the development of infrastructure in the less
developed areas would contribute to their economic uplift through
accelerated trade activities.
Indus Highway is 1, 264 km long that runs along the Indus River
connecting port city Karachi with Kohat and Peshawar
via D. G. Khan and D.I.Khan. The highway being the second largest road
connection after Grand Trunk Road, and provides an alternate
north-south link while traversing 491 km in Sindh, 360 km in Punjab
and 396 km in KPK, and connecting Rajanpur, D.G.Khan, D.I.Khan, Bannu,
Kohat and Peshawar.