National Highway Authority (NHA)


The National Highway Authority (NHA) was created, in 1991, through an Act of the Parliment, for 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.

NHA is custodian of 39 national highways/ motorways/ expressway/ strategic routes having a total length of 12,131 kms. It is 4.6% of total national roads network i.e 263,775 kms, however, it carries 80% of commercial traffic and N-5 which is blood-line of pakistan, carries 65% of this load in the country.



Plan, Promote, Organize and Implement Programs for Construction, Development, Operation, Repairs and Maintenance of National Highways/ Motorways and Strategic Roads.


Powers & Duties of NHA

  • Advise the Federal Government on matters relating to National Highways and Strategic Roads .
  • Frame a scheme or schemes for matters such as Construction, Expansion, Operation and Development of National Highways and Strategic Roads and undertake work/incur expenditure on such scheme(s).
  • Acquire any Land in accordance with legal procedure and obtain and dispose of movable and immovable property of interests therein.
  • Research and Development in the field of Highways.
  • Procure Plant, Machinery, Instruments and Materials required for its use.
  • Enter into and perform all such contracts as it may consider necessary.
  • Levy, Collect or cause to be collected Tolls on National Highways, Strategic Roads and such other roads as may be entrusted to it and bridges thereon.
  • License facilities on roads under its control on such terms as it deems fit.
  • Determine a building line between which and the ROW it shall not be lawful without the consent of the Authority to construct or maintain any structure or make any excavation.
  • Cause Studies, Surveys, Experiments and Technical Researches to be made or contribute towards the cost of such studies, surveys, experiments or technical researches made by any other agency