ADB approves $197 million loan for highway rehabilitation in Pakistan

PakistanADB approves $197 million loan for highway rehabilitation in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a project loan of nearly $197 million to continue rebuilding highways and bridges damaged in Pakistan’s worst-ever floods in 2010.

The funds will also be used to train staff in disaster management units at the National Highway Authority (NHA), giving them the ability to respond more quickly and effectively to natural disasters which have been growing in frequency and severity in recent years, said a news release issued here by ADB, Pakistan Resident Mission on Thursday.

“Along with the terrible loss of lives and property, the 2010 floods destroyed or damaged the road network in 80 of 110 districts across the country, leaving communities isolated from markets and vital services, with severe consequences for peoples’ livelihoods and well-being,” said Zaigham Naqvi, ADB’s project officer for transport in the Central and WestAsia Department, Manila, Phillippines.

“ADB has been helping Pakistan rebuild its infrastructure since the floods, and this assistance will complete work on highways earmarked for rehabilitation, supporting the economic and social recovery of communities in affected areas.”

Roads are the key mode of transport in Pakistan, accounting for more than 90% of passenger travel and freight movements, and the sector as a whole makes up about 10% of the economy and provides about 2.3 million jobs.

The funds will be used to repair and rehabilitate a number of sections of road over 200 kilometers of the national highway network, as well as 33 bridges. This will improve transport links both for local communities and other travellers along the route, who currently have to endure temporary bridges and other makeshift measures to travel.

ADB has supported road improvements in Pakistan for several decades, with a strong focus since 2005 on economic corridor routes, which aim to boost trade, investment and tourism flows both internally, and with neighboring countries.

It has also supported wide-ranging reforms, allowing the NHA to establish a road maintenance fund and a road asset management system, as well as take steps to improve road safety.

The project, which includes counterpart assistance of $21.9 million from the Government of Pakistan, will run for about 4 years with an estimated completion date of September 2020.

ADB, based in Manila, is dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific through inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration.

Established in 1966, it is owned by 67 members – 48 from the region.

Mati-Ullah is the Online Editor For DND. He is the real man to handle the team around the Country and get news from them and provide to you instantly.

Must read

Recent News

Mayi Ri drama episode 63

Mayi Ri Drama Episode 63 Review | 4th October 2023

Mayi Ri drama Episode 63 came on-air today on 4th October 2023 at 7:00 pm. Today was the 2nd last episode of Mayi Ri...

Kazakhstan Seeks Role of Religious Leaders for Maintaining Interfaith Harmony

By Raza SyedIn recent years, Kazakhstan has emerged as a prominent peace-loving nation in the world arena. Since the time of its independence, the...
Best Moisturizers in Pakistan for winter

10 Best Moisturizers in Pakistan for Winter 2023

As soon as the seemingly never-ending summer finally ends and it is finally time to embrace the chilly winter season in Pakistan, a big...

Health Ministry, NADRA introduce Mera Sehat Card Mobile Application

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination (MoNHSRC) and National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) and have jointly launched the...

NCHR launches four-month long campaign “Empower Her”

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR) is all set to launch its unique four-month long campaign titled “Empower Her” to promote...