Gilgit-Baltistan: KKH Construction and Realignment

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Karachi (PT): The Chinese Roads and Bridges Corporation (CRBC) has been working on expansion and repair of the historical Karakuram Highway since 2007. The project has been dragging on for various reasons, including natural disasters and human inefficiencies.

As part of the project the KKH had been dug up from Thakot in Hazara to Khunzhrav, near the Chinese border, making journey on the “Shahrah-e-Resham”, as some call it, a painful experience.

However, during the year 2012 the pace of work has been increased and major portion of the road between Gilgit and Khunzhrav has been paved and carpeted. Work on the section close to the dammed Hunza River – between Attabad and Hussani, is yet to start.

The new road, well paved and wide, has brought a degree of joys for the travelers who are describing the experience as “amazing” and “smooth.

Moreover,  A team comprising of Chinese engineers and surveyors has reached Gojal to study the feasibility of realigning the Karakuram Highway between Attabad and Gulmit.

According to reports the team will start work from today, visiting the proposed site for construction of a tunnel and other infrastructure, as part of the efforts to realign the part of strategic Karakuram Highway which is under water since January 2010.

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