February 27, 2013
An inside view of a section of HRTC
Islamabad, February 27, 2013: In order to build, maintain and operate durable, economical, safe and environment friendly highways, a closing seminar for establishment of "Highway Research and Training Center (HRTC)" was jointly concluded by National Highway Authority (NHA) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) here in Burhan today.
In Pakistan, about 50% of national highway is in damaged condition, partly because of lack of pavement standards that match conditions peculiar to Pakistan. In order to maintain the good condition of national highways, NHA decided to establish research and training center aiming to develop the indigenous standards of pavement and train the skilled engineers. Therefore, the Government of Pakistan requested the Government of Japan for technical assistance on the "Project for the Establishment of Highway Research and Training Center".
The project consisted of three phases i.e. Establishment of Highway Research and Training Center with NHA's own financial Resources; installation of equipment and technical transfer of pavement technology to HRTC engineers. In lapse of five years since 2007 till date, JICA with its technical mode of cooperation has successfully installed state of the art equipment in the laboratory, dispatched Japanese experts and sent the functionaries of the HRTC on training to Japan. With state of the art research and training facility at the service of NHA, it is expected that Pakistan will have better highways in times to come.