In 1978, Government of Pakistan (GoP) decided to Federalize
five important Inter-Provincial Roads named “National Highways” and created the
National Highway Board for Monitoring the development and Maintenance of these
Federalized Roads by Provincial Highway Departments.
The National Highway Authority (NHA) was created, in 1991,
through an Act of the Parliament, for Planning, Development, Operation, Repair
and Maintenance of National Highways and Strategic Roads specially entrusted to
NHA by the Federal Government or by a Provincial Government or other Authority
concerned. Total length of the Federalized Roads under NHA now stands at 8780
KMs, account for 3% of the entire Road Network and 75% of the Commercial Road Traffic
in the country.
NHA is custodian of the Highway Assets of Pakistan’s Road
Network. It is committed to provide a Safe, Modern and Efficient Transportation
System. As the cornerstone of tomorrow’s Highway Network, National Highways
function as the backbone of Pakistan’s Transportation System, plays an
important role in the development of Micro and Macro Economy and also enhance
the National integration by increasing the social and economic dependence
between the Provinces.