The National Logistics Cell (NLC) has officially begun work on the Gilgit-Shandur Road. The road will serve as an alternative to the strategic Karakoram Highway besides linking the pristine valleys in the region.
According to the details, NLC will construct 76 kilometers portion of the Gilgit-Shandur Road. NLC has already mobilized machinery, plant, and equipment besides establishing a camp with requisite facilities of modern engineering.
Interestingly, working on the road will be quite challenging for NLC due to the short weather window to undertake construction work. The threat of rock and landslides looms large during construction work as well as heavy snow and rainfall.
On the other hand, once completed, the Gilgit-Shandur road will be a game-changer. The CPEC standard road will give a boost to Pakistan’s tourism industry. As a result, the living standards of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan will improve. Moreover, travel time between Gilgit and Shandur valley will be reduced from 7 hours to 4 hours only.
NLC’s valuable contribution
Pertinent to mention, NLC has contributed remarkably to Pakistan’s nation-building efforts due to the timely completion of important projects. Furthermore, NLC continues to play its role in boosting economic activities in the country.
It runs one of Pakistan’s largest dry cargo operations covering more than 100 destinations. Additionally, NLC is the first logistics organization in Pakistan to establish market connectivity through land routes under Transports Internationaux Routiers (TIR). This made Pakistan the 78th country to join TIR.
The first commercial TIR moved to Turkey and Azerbaijan through Iran in Oct 2021 and it received an overwhelming response from the government and business communities of Turkey and Azerbaijan.
— GVS (@GVS_News) October 12, 2021
Special ceremonies were held in Istanbul and Baku to mark the establishment of the historic road connectivity between the brotherly countries in the region.