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KKH Phase-II (Havelian-Thakot) Project
Special Report on CPEC Projects (Transportation Infrastructure: Part 8)

1. Brief introduction

KKH Phase-II (Havelian-Thakot) project is located in Khyber Pakhtunkhawa with a total length of 118km, among which 39km is expressway with subgrade width of 24.7m, and 79km is Class-II highway with subgrade width of 12.3m. The commercial contract was signed on December 22, 2015 between National Highway Authority and China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC).

The project includes 105 bridges among which 60 are large bridges, 42 are medium bridges and 3 are small bridges. There are 6 tunnels, among which 2 are in expressway, 4 are in Class-II highway.

2. Latest progress

The groundbreaking ceremony was held on April 28, 2016. On the same day, the Pakistani Government and the Export-Import Bank of China signed the government to government loan agreement, and it came into force on June 24, 2016. The total amount is USD 1315 million. The project formally commenced on September 1, 2016. The construction period is 42 months.

This project is to build a new road, not an upgradation of existing road. As it is located at the mountainous area with complicated terrain, the construction work is extremely difficult. The milestones on tunnels, bridges, sub grades are all ahead of schedule. Two tranches of advance payment have been released in 2016.

3. Corporate social responsibility

Up to now, 2071 Pakistani staff have been employed on the KKH Phase II project. The project has created many indirect jobs and played a positive role in the local economic development. Moreover, the project also provides a great opportunity for cultivating and training a large number of engineering talents.

In terms of environmental protection, CRBC has hired a well-known local third-party environmental monitoring agency, and strictly complied with local standard. CRBC has also taken a variety of measures and established an environmental protection management team. Since the start of the project, the environmental indicators of the project have been maintained within the specified range, and there are no pollution sources and deforestation phenomenon. CRBC has been highly praised by the employer and local governments. In terms of charity, CRBC is actively planning and developing charitable programs which can effectively benefit the local people.

(Li Zhihuai, Assistant General Manager, China Road and Bridge Company Ltd. & General Manager, China Road and Bridge Company Ltd. Pakistan)

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