At a ceremony January 12 in Peshawar, officials from the United States and the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) took part in the symbolic ground-breaking for the junction of the Peshawar Ring Road and the Grand Trunk Road, a part of a reconstruction project which includes 25 kilometers of the Peshawar bypass. The project, overseen by the State Department’s Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) in close cooperation with the Government of Pakistan, provides $25 million in upgrades to this important provincial thoroughfare, with the goal of improved security and increased economic development in the region.
The Ring Road upgrade is an example of the U.S. commitment to the Pakistani people to foster economic, social, and democratic progress across Pakistan and is part of Secretary Clinton’s commitment to energy and infrastructure projects – announced on her October 2009 trip to Pakistan - that will improve the daily lives of the Pakistani people.
Construction has already started on the project, which will improve and widen the Ring Road from two lanes to three lanes. The initiative also includes construction of service roads, green belts, center medians, and drainage on both sides.
The completed Ring Road will reduce traffic congestion, increase trade and commercial opportunities, and improve access for law enforcement and emergency services to communities.
U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Brian Nichols, KP Chief Minister Amir Haider Khan Hoti, KP Senior Minister Bashir Ahmad Bilour, and U.S. Coordinator for Assistance and Development Ambassador Robin Raphel attended the ceremony.
Over the past twenty years, the United States has partnered with Pakistan to construct over 940 kilometers of road in KP and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.