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A decision support framework for sustainable highway alignment embracing variant preferences of stakeholders: case of China Pakistan economic corridor

Authors
  • Zafar, Irfan
  • Wuni, Ibrahim Yahaya
  • Shen, Geoffrey Qiping
  • Hafiz Zahoor
  • Xue, Jin
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Environmental Planning and Management
Publisher
Informa UK Limited
Publication Date
Oct 05, 2019
Volume
63
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2019.1672524
Source
MyScienceWork
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Abstract

The selection of highway alignment without explicit consideration of the interests and preferences of stakeholders is a major recipe for conflicts and opposition in highway projects. Given the complex and dynamic nature of the highway alignment decision atmosphere, a dynamic framework is imperative. This research evaluated three multi-criteria decision methods (MCDMs), identified the optimal combination and proposed a highway alignment decision support framework which embraces the preferences of stakeholders. The proposed framework was validated using a controversial ongoing mega highway project from the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Thus, the study makes a useful contribution to the praxis and practice of the highway alignment decision-making process.

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