The National Logistics Cell (NLC) has begun work on one of Pakistan’s most critical road projects, which will serve as an alternative to the strategic Karakoram Highway while also connecting the region’s picturesque valleys.
The CPEC standard road will be a game-changer for Pakistan’s burgeoning tourism industry, significantly raising the living conditions of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan.
The NLC will build a 76-kilometer section of the Gilgit-Shandur Road in a difficult environment that includes the area’s inaccessibility, high altitude, hostile weather, and precipitous mountain formations.
The NLC has already mobilized machinery and equipment, as well as establishing a camp with advanced engineering facilities. The work on the Shandur end of the project has begun in order to help tourists that flock to the area during the yearly festival.
The project’s narrow weather window for construction activity makes it a difficult engineering challenge. During construction, the hazard of rock and landslides, as well as heavy snow and rains, looms large. The weather opens up for only four months a year at an elevation of over 12,500 feet above sea level.
The road has been improved from a provincial to a national route, bringing these isolated valleys up to speed with the rest of Gilgit-developed Baltistan’s districts. The travel time between Gilgit and Shandur Valley will be cut in half, from seven to four hours.