With an estimate of Rs 18.6 billion against 14.57 for construction of Hoshab-Awaran section (146km) of M-8 project, National Highways Authority (NHA) Executive Board approved the grant of works. The official meeting was held in the presence of Capt. Sikander Qayyum (retired), Chairman, and NHA in the chair, where the approval was granted. The official document of meeting states about the nature of work being held in to two phases. Phase-IA is 73.5km and granted to the lowest evaluated bidder M/s Maqbool-Calsons JV at their evaluated bid price of Rs 7.334 billion while the phase 1B is 72.5km and has been granted to the lowest evaluated bidder M/s KACNIC-RMS-RA JV at their evaluated bid price of Rs 7.249 billion on Composite Schedule of Rate (CSR)-2014. The NHA Executive has also approved the grant of agreement for consultancy services for “Design Review and Construction Supervision of Hoshab-Awaran-Khuzdar Section of M-8 Project Phase-I: Hoshab – Awaran (146 KM)” to M/s Zeeruk International (Pvt) Ltd in JV with M/s Loya Associates and M/s APEX consulting engineering, the highest ranked consultants in technical and financial evaluation at estimated cost of Rs 175.55 million. The Board has directed the Member (Planning) to complete and submit the waft mandate of the HRTC, administrative, operational and financial manuals/SOPs, service rules, etc. for the approval by the experienced authority within shortest possible time.