Peshawar: KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has expressed satisfaction that like many other sectors, work on the projects of highways has been expedited in the province with additional qualities of eliminating the possibilities of corruption, ensuring the transparent and judicious use of funds and introducing quality control in it.
He asserted that the newly constructed highways are not only durable and attractive but also sufficient for the needs of coming decades whereas the public response on it is also encouraging, he added.
He however expressed the confidence that all departments would demonstrate such outstanding performance and assured that employees of all departments and institutions would be duly rewarded on excellent performance while those indulged in malpractices and ill performance would be punished severely forthwith.
He was chairing the annual performance meeting of Pakhtunkhwa Highway Authority (PkHA) Council at his office CM Secretariat Peshawar wherein steps for timely completion of ongoing highway schemes and new projects under the (Annual Development Program) ADP were formally approved and necessary decisions taken for its quality and in time completion. On this occasion Secretary Communication& Works (C&W) and MD PkHA apprised the participants of the performance and progress made so far in respect of their concerned entities.
The meeting besides Provincial Minister Mian Jamsheddudin Kakakhel, Advisor to CM on C&W Akbar Ayub, Advisor to CM on Environment Ishtiaq Urmar, Additional Chief Secretary Khalid Pervez, Secretary Finance Syed Badshah Bukhari, Secretary C&W Ahmad Hanif Orakzai, MD PkHA Javed Ihsan, Director Construction Aziz Khan and Director Maintenance Ilays Khan was largely attended by the concerned authorities.
The meeting also took stock of the 14 agenda items of the council and a number of decisions were made in light of the proposals and recommendations of the participants. The meeting authorized PkHA to launch 13 new crucial highway schemes in the province as well as decided to considerably enhance the annual budget of the authority to enable it execute maximum road schemes.
Pervez Khattak in order to discourage the trends of overloading of vehicles on highways beyond specific limits, controlling traffic accidents and checking road damages, approved the measures for weighing the loaded trucks and trolleys at the start points, arranging latest equipment for the purpose and providing the support of police contingents to the staff of traffic axel load control of the Authority and hence issued necessary instructions to the concerned quarters for immediate actions in this regard. The meeting also approved renaming of the newly constructed Usterzai bridge in Kohat with Lt. Wajeehullah Bangash Shaheed who sacrificed his life for protecting the locals during a combat with terrorists.
Pervez Khattak also approved up-gradation of certain district level roads to provincial highways in the province including Rajar Takhtbahi road, Karapa Shakardara Chorlakki road, Timergara, Madyan, Kalpani, Barawal road and Serai Saleh Saryan road. He also agreed with the proposal of taking over the Malakand Mingora and Timergara Chitral roads from national high way authority to the provincial authority as these important highways remained nuisance for the passengers due to neglect on part of NHA and hence he directed for sending a summary to the concerned federal ministry in this regard.
He also expressed satisfaction that PkHA ensured the early and standard completion of Shahbaz Garhi Rustam Road, Usterzai Bridge, Sugar Mill Baipass, KhuazaKhela Mingora, Odigam and Bagh Dehri roads and bridges by working round the clock while the pending portion of the expansion of Peshawar ring road was also completed accordingly.
Similarly he contended on quality completion of five important roads in Peshawar Cantt at the cost of Rs.272 million following his special directives that included Mall road, Sirsyed road, Airport road, Shershah Road and FaqirApi road.
Moreover Rs.200 million project of the expansion of GT road from Chughalpura to Zakori Bridge from 2 to 4 lanes on each side was also in the final stage that would become 50 ft wide magnificent highway from 24 ft width on each way then after. The Chief Minister while appreciating the performance of the authority, also approved a honanaria for the employees from its own resources.