Supreme Court: Excluding the M-2, all motorways were left unattended
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) summoned the chairman of the National Highway Authority (NHA) to appear in person before the court on Wednesday, and also asked for more information about highways across the nation.
The case regarding the outdated status of the RCD Highway was heard by a two-member SC bench, consisting of Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel.
During the hearing, the court requested the NHA to explain why police were not stationed on the Quetta-Karachi highway for passenger safety. It went on to explain that the state of highways could risk people’s lives.
The bench ordered that the state of the Quetta-Karachi road be properly improved. It further said that the quality of work done by reflectors and line markers on highways was poor.
Rain had washed away the road markings, according to the chief justice.
In the papers, the Chitral-Gilgit Road was shown to be completed, but in reality, there was no such road. He asked about why the Quetta-Karachi Road was not constructed in the manner of a highway.
He stated that all routes save the Lahore-Islamabad Motorway had been left unattended. He said that the Chitral-Gilgit Road was entirely made up of rocks and that a car could not travel on it.
The Chitral-Gilgit road, which was handed over to the NHA a year ago, is operated by the province government, according to the NHA’s head.
According to the chief justice, every year billions of rupees are spent on highway renovations, yet the NHA is not building the Karachi-Hyderabad motorway.
He noticed that the NHA was not performing its duties properly, and that a bridge would not be constructed until ten people had died.
Justice Mazhar inquired about the NHA’s costs and revenues.
In the name of searches, he claimed, people were humiliated on the highways. Hearings on the matter were later postponed until the first week of December.
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