In 1978, the 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, 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. The total length of the Federalized Roads under NHA now stands at 8780 KMs, accounting for 3% of the entire Road Network and 75% of the Commercial Road Traffic in the country.
NHA is the custodian of the Highway Assets of Pakistan’s Road Network. It is committed to providing 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 and plays an important role in the development of the Micro and Macro Economy and also enhances National integration by increasing the social and economic dependence between the Provinces.