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.