ISLAMABAD, July 6 (KUNA) -- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a loan of USD 197 million for the national highway development project of southwestern Balochistan province of Pakistan, said officials on Sunday.
The project focused on the rehabilitation of the two-lane highways of Zhob-Mughalkot and Qila Saifullah Waghum districts of under developed Balochistan.
The National Highway Authority (NHA) of Pakistan will be the executing agency for the rehabilitation of 79km Zhob-Mughal?kot (N50) project and 128km Qila Saifullah Waghum (N70) highway.
The ADB said that the project would help boost economic growth and reduce poverty that will bring substantial social and economic development to the region. It further said that despite the large potential as a transport hub, economic development in Balochistan has been in doldrums because of poor security and political instability and its transport infrastructure is in bad shape, hardly serviceable for regional transit traffic.
Balochistan has the lowest density of roads among all Pakistani provinces with 2,300 kilometers length of national highways. With the rehabilitation of the two highways, a dependable road transport network will emerge to promote inter-provincial connectivity and reduce transportation time. (end) sbk.tg
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