Gilgit-Baltistan: National Highway & Motorway Police to Regulate traffic on KKH

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PESHAWAR (News): The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has entrusted the National Highway & Motorway Police (NH&MP) with regulating the flow of traffic on the Hassanabdal-Abbottabad-Mansehra section of National Highway (N-35).

A handout said that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Home and Tribal Affairs Department on the proposal of the National Highway Authority (NHA) handed over traffic management responsibility to the National Highway & Motorway Police for better management.

The National Highway (N-35) known as Karakoram Highway (KKH) begins from Hassanabdal and ends at Khunjerab Top on Pak-China border traversing Abbottabad, Mansehra, Gilgit and Hunza. It is the only shortest road trade route between Pakistan and China.

From KKH N-35 at Mansehra, another National Highway (N-15) takes off and rejoins KKH at Chelas after traversing Balakot, Kaghan, Naran and Babusar Pass, the handout said, “It provides an all-weather alternate link for Gilgit-Baltistan while also reducing Mansehra-Gilgit distance by 83 kilometres as compared to KKH.”

Another road also emanates from N-15 short of Balakot for Azad Jammu and Kashmir.The entire brunt of traffic dispersing in different directions from Mansehra is taken by the Hassanabdal-Abbottabad-Mansehra section of KKH, which is currently a two-lane facility.

The traffic includes trucks and trailers carrying goods to Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJ&K) and different areas in Khyber Pakthunkhwa.The handout said the dualisation of Hassanabdal-Abbottabad-Mansehra section was planned but a preliminary survey carried out by the NHA revealed that dualisation would have adverse impact due to dislocation of large number of houses, shops and buildings.

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