National Highway Authority Executive Board grants approval for setting up of Emergency Response Centres along National Highways

Islamabad, December 01, 2016 (PPI-OT): The Executive Board of the National Highway Authority has gives its formal approval for setting up Emergency Response Centres (ERCs) along the national highways in Pakistan. The decision came in a meeting held today at NHA head office with Chairman Shahid Ashraf Tarar in the chair. The Chairman informed the meeting that initially these centres would be set up in the remote areas of Balochistan including Dhana Sar and Meena Bazar along N-50, Kalat, Sorab, Wadh and Kararo along N-25 and Nag and Hoshab along N-85.

He said these centres would operate24/7 and would be manned by trained para medical staff and equipped with necessary first aid facilities along with ambulances and cranes for rescue and relief operations. He said the primary objective was to make travelling along national highways more safe and to ensure timely help to the injured in case of an accident.

While selecting the locations of ERCs, main emphasis would be their close proximity to cities and towns, he said. He said effort would be to get the required skilled manpower for the centres from the same area. He hoped the step would help in great way to make travelling more hazardous free and said in future the facility would gradually be extended to KPK and other provinces as well.

The Chairman informed the meeting that three major motorways had already been completed while work on remaining 12 was in full swing. He said the country’s total length of motorways will reach 2000 km during next 2-3 years once these projects get completed. He said Prime Minister had expressed his satisfaction on the performance of the organization for which the credit also goes to NHA’s Executive Board.

For more information, contact:
National Highway Authority (NHA)
NHA HQ, 27, Mauve Area, G-9/1,
Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +9260417
Fax: +9260404