Pakistan has sought additional funds of $110m from the World Bank (WB) to complete highway projects that have been behind schedule due to lack of funds.

The WB has audited these projects and found that the delays were out of the government’s control, according to an official of the Pakistani Government’s Economic Affairs Division.

The additional funds would be used to rehabilitate and upgrade 869km of highways and for resettlement and land acquisition, according to The Express Tribune.

If approved, the loan will increase the total cost of the rehabilitation project to $584m; the WB and the Pakistani Government have already funded $365m and $109m respectively.

The WB executive board is expected to consider Pakistan’s request at the end of September.