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The National Highway 55 or N55 is a highway located in Sindhmarker, Punjabmarker and the North-West Frontiermarker provinces of Pakistan. It is often referred to as the Indus Highway. The highway is famous for it's scenic views and the Kohat Tunnelmarker, near Darra Adam Khel. The Kohat Tunnel is a longest road tunnel in Pakistan. Construction on the tunnel began in 1999, and was opened to traffic in June 2003. As part of developing the Indus Highway, the tunnel serves as a shorter, alternate route to the Kohat Pass, situated between the cities of Peshawarmarker and Kohatmarker. The new route decreases the time required to travel through the Kotal Pass by about 20 minutes. The main advantage of the tunnel is that long bodied vehicles can now use the Indus Highway whereas previously the hairpin bends on the Kotal Pass made it impossible for the long and heavy vehicles to travel. The tunnel was also built to decrease traffic congestion, improve traffic safety, and promote economic development in the Kohat region. Without the tunnel, the existing road around the Kotal Pass would take upwards to 40 mintues, whereas the tunnel allows you to pass in 10 minutes.

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In 1980, the Indus Highway was proposed to provide a shorter alternative to the existing and heavily used N-5 and to also aid in the development of interior Sindh and the Northwest Frontier province. In 1981 work began from Karachimarker and in 1988 was completed in Peshawarmarker.its need 35 min from kohat to karakin batween kohat nd karak there z a vry buitiful villageshahidan chountra

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