High density transport infrastructure and development levels

Engineering Post Report 

High density transport infrastructure and highly connected networks across the country all are associated with  high levels of development.

Efficient transport systems  quite obviously provide economic and social opportunities that have positive  multiplier effects through better  access to markets, employment, and additional investments both directly and indirectly.

On the other hand, somehow deficient  transport systems  do hamper capacity, reliability  and also contribute to increased economic costs in terms of  missed opportunities and lower quality of life.

Owing to its strategic geographical location, Pakistan has the great potential to  develop into  a transit economy. Hence, work on the projects \aiming at promoting regional connectivity is of vital importance  and being paid due consideration and attention at the appropriate national level.

In order to plan and manage  the transport  infrastructure in the country,  National Transport Policy 2018 already stands approved  and is setting  policy guidelines for ach of the sub-sector/ mode of the transport .

Pakistan’s transport network as such can  easily benefit from  the modernization ,inter-model connectivity, utilizing the different transport modes more effectively.

The Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for financial year 2021-22  had provided an outlay of Rs 251 billion  for the federal programme  under Transport and Communication sector. Against this  allocation, an expenditure of  Rs  146 billion was reported to have been utilized by the end of FY2021-22 giving a not an appreciable  overall utilization of only 58 per cent. Since owing to the financial constraints only 70 per cent of the funds allocated  have been authorised/released for the implementation of the ongoing and new development projects.

A large number of Road sector  projects under various Federal Ministries and Divisions  were ongoing, therefore an amount of Rs 214 billion were originally allocated  towards  road sector, the Ministry of Planning, Development and Special Initiative sources pointedly stated on being contacted.