Private sector invests Rs144bn in road infrastructure projects

ISLAMABAD: National Highway Authority (NHA) has stated that the private sector has invested Rs144bn within a year in road infrastructure projects crossing the volume of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).

According to the official of NHA, the returns on these investments will be around Rs391bn thus contributing to the national exchequer.

Furthermore, the official also highlighted the concept of the Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) model and said that the new strategy is being adopted across the world for infrastructure development.

BOT is a public-private agreement in which the private sector is responsible for constructing, designing, and maintaining the project for the time period as agreed between the government and private investors.

Under the agreement, the private investor is allowed to earn the returns on investment in the form of tolls and other means.

The official further informed that motorways spanning over 306km will be constructed on the same model as approved by the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC). The approved motorway projects will include the construction of 6 lane motorways with an access- control system.

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