Pakistan eyes Central Asia access via Peshawar-Kabul motorway

peshawar-kabul-motorwayKABUL: Pakistan aims to access the Central Asian markets as Islamabad mulls to start work on the construction of Peshawar-Kabul motorway, it has been reported.

According to the local media reports, Islamabad has given a go-ahead to the National Highway Authority (NHA) to begin the process of hiring consultants who will carry out a feasibility study on the proposed Peshawar-Kabul Motorway.

The Express Tribune which has obtained documents related to the project, reported that NHA is undertaking the process to hire consultants for the project.

According to the concerned officials,  the preliminary cost of the project is Rs80 billion and will be completed over a period of almost three years.

The project will not only help boost trade between the two neighbouring countries, but will also give Pakistan an access to Central Asia, the paper reported.

A spokesman for the National Highway Authority, Kashif Zaman, said feasibility study of the project is expected to be completed in the next six months.

Zaman further added that the total length of the motorway is 281 kilometres and is divided into three packages: Peshawar-Torkham (50km) which will be constructed from scratch meanwhile the existing structure of Torkham-Jalalabad (76km) and Jalalabad-Kabul (155km) will be upgraded, he said. -KP

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