Phase II of Karakoram Highway in Pakistan formally handed over


Recently, Phase II (Havelian-Thakot Section) of Karakoram Highway (KKH) Project in Pakistan successfully obtained the handover certificate from the National Highway Authority of Pakistan and was formally handed over to the owner.

Since the Project was commenced in September 2016, the Project Team has fully upheld the “Karakoram Spirit” and made joint efforts to complete the construction as scheduled with superior quality despite diverse difficulties and challenges represented by complex geological conditions, harsh natural environment, severe public security situation, and raging COVID-19 pandemic. All their efforts are ultimately awarded with smooth handover.

With a total length of about 118km, KKH Phase II (Havelian-Thakot Section) comprises a 39km highway and a 79km secondary road. It is the core section of the land route of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, and a key component of the north-south road network of Pakistan.

Upon completion, the Project will not only promote the road network and transportation infrastructure construction in Pakistan, accelerate the resource exploitation and economic development along the line, but also become a convenient, safe yet comfortable land route for economic, cultural and people-to-people exchange between Pakistan and China. In the meantime, it will also play a vital role in fastening Pakistan’s international trade ties with neighboring countries and Central Asian countries, maintaining the country’s social stability, consolidating its national defense, and improving the investment environment.