Islamabad (APP): Chairman of the National Highway Authority Hamid Ali Khan has said that the construction of highway between Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) in difficult hilly region will reduce distance by 800 kilometers. On the directives of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, the NHA is attaching priority to highway building schemes in Azad Kashmir and under construction Kohala-Muzaffarabad road will also be completed this year, he added.
He was talking to media men during his inspection tour of Islamabad-Kohala Road. Secretary Transport and Communications AJK Faryad Ali Abbasi also accompanied him. Hamid Ali Khan said ongoing road schemes in Azad Kashmir were underway at the cost of Rs 800 million and work on Islamabad-Kohala road was being geared up, while the remaining schemes would be completed within one and a half years.
Secretary Transport and communications Faryad Ali Abbasi said establishment of communications links between Balakot-Mansehra and Kohala- Muzaffarabad regions would bring the people of these areas closer, and new avenues of industrial and agricultural development would be opened up and Azad Kashmir would gain economic stability. Hamid Ali Khan said the highway projects in Azad Kashmir were being realized with cooperation of the Asian Development Bank.