The basic function of the National Highway Council (NHC) is to lay down national policies and guidelines to be followed by NHA in the performance of its functions. The Council has the power to direct and regulate the affairs of NHA.
The NHC was previously headed by the Prime Minister of Pakistan. In July 2001, the provisions of the NHA Act, 1991 were amended by the GoP and the NHC was re-constituted. The revised composition of the NHC is given below: -
Functions of Highway Council
To approve Five year plans and perspective plans, prepared by the board in consultation with the Planning & Development Division, for the Construction, Development, Repair & Maintenance of National Highways & Strategic Roads specially entrusted to the Authority by the Federal Government or by Provincial Government or other Authority concerned.
To consider progress reports of the Authority.
To lay down National Policies and Guidelines to be followed by the Authority in the performance of its functions.
To review and reappraise projects.
To approve the Annual Budget of the Authority.