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NHA achieves 100-day targets: Murad Saeed


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Minister of State for Communications Murad Saeed claimed on Tuesday that the National Highway Authority (NHA) has achieved targets set for it during the first 100 days of the government. He stated that NHA generated Rs3.72 billion by taking several austerity measures, increasing revenue, auctioning vehicles and retrieving its encroached land.

Mr. Saeed added that NHA earned Rs1,412 million in revenue generation due to good governance, Rs1,596m from a campaign against encroachments, Rs208.8m from auctioning government vehicles, Rs36.1m from the reduction in expenditures and Rs468.2m in respect of audit.

Mr. Saeed said 187,000 saplings of different species had been planted throughout the country as part of the Green Pakistan Campaign initiated by Prime Minister Imran Khan.

While talking about the austerity measure, Mr. Saeed stated that “We have abolished entertainment bill of the NHA after which tea is not being served to the officials”.

The minister said the establishment of monitoring and elevation cell, mechanism of internal audit, improvement of toll plazas and public facilities in service areas, the inauguration of national road safety strategy and road safety education were a few steps included in good governance initiatives of the government.

He said facilities of e-tendering, e-bidding and e-billing have been introduced and special audit of plans from the Auditor General of Pakistan as well as the inquiry of land acquiring of the National Highway Foundation would ensure transparency in the award of projects.

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Mr. Saeed said 187,000 saplings of different species had been planted throughout the country as part of the Green Pakistan Campaign initiated by Prime Minister Imran Khan. He said two rest houses at Naraan and Kaghan had been converted into tourist resorts to generate income.

Provision of informative assistance to passengers, the inauguration of help application, up-gradation of helpline 130, and one-window operation regarding driving license authority were a few steps pertinent to be mentioned, he added.