The feasibility assessment and detailed plan for realigning the 250-kilometer Karakoram Highway (KKH) between Thakot and Raikot have been agreed upon by Pakistan and China.
China has agreed to a G-to-G collaboration and will help with the feasibility study and detailed design of the KKH, which is being shifted for the construction of the Indus River dams Pattan, Dasu, and Diamer Basha.
According to the source, both Pakistan and China agreed to work on the TORs for a feasibility study and detailed design at the G to G and joint technical levels at the CPEC Joint Working Group (JWG) on Transport and Infrastructure. Following the JWG decision, the parties formed the G-to-G Joint Technical Working Group and finished the project.
Consulting firms from both sides will work together on the feasibility study and detailed design. The Chinese government, according to the source, would be in charge of hiring the Chinese consulting team. The latter will pay the consulting, which will be deemed technical assistance from the Pakistani government.
National Engineering Services Pakistan (NESPAK) has been selected by Pakistan’s National Highway Authority (NHA) to undertake a feasibility study and submit a comprehensive design utilising government funds.