Opening of Mansehra-Thakot section of CPEC road
soon: Commissioner
PESHAWAR: Commissioner Hazara Division, Syed Zaheer-ul-Islam has said that Mansehra-Thakot section of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would be opened for traffic soon.
Presiding over a meeting regarding CPEC Mansehra-Thakot Road Section in Commissioner House at Abbottabad Monday, he said efforts were being accelerated for the completion of the remaining 5% remaining work on the road. Concerned authorities of CPEC project, National Highway Authority (NHA) and officers of Pakistan Army attended the meeting.
He also hinted at seeking the cooperation of the local population to control the entry of illegal traffic on the under-construction road at different spots and enable both local and Chinese companies and organizations to complete the ongoing safety related and other required works as per fixed quality.
The commissioner Hazara division said some circles due to unawareness were carrying a negative propaganda regarding delay in the completion of Mansehra-Thakot Section of CPEC highway, while the actual situation was that the spread of coronavirus in China and Pakistan had resulted in slowdown in the pace of work on the project.
He termed the completion of 95% work on the project welcoming and said the provision of fool-proof security to Chinese engineers deployed on the project by Pakistan Army was a matter of satisfaction.
The meeting was told that 118-Kilometer Havelian-Thakot CPEC Road was also comprised of 39-Kilometer Expressway and 79-kilometer Mansehra forward class-to-highway road.
He said due to traffic accidents on the road, the highway had been converted into an expressway.
The meeting was told that CPEC route till Thakot was due to complete in February 2020, but the additional steps taken for the safety of the road had resulted in the delay of the project while Chinese that have left for China for the celebrations of new year also did not return due to coronavirus.
The meeting was further told that Mansehra-Thakot CPEC road had 18 entry points while presently illegally entry was being carried at 54 illegal places, which was needed to be stopped by installing protective walls and barricades. - APP