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    Road contracts signed in Helmand

    LASHKARGAH (PAN): The British-led provincial reconstruction team (PRT) in southern Helmand province would construct two roads linking Greshk and Nad Ali districts with Lashkargah, the provincial capital, the governor said on Sunday.

    A contract to the effect has been signed among the governor Gulab Mangal, the PRT commander, Michael O'Neill, and representatives of the construction company.

    Work on an 11-kilometre road linking Bolan area of Lashkargah to Chah Angeer area of Nad Ali district would be launched next month, the governor told Pajhwok Afghan News.

    Having one year timescale, the project will be completed with an estimated cost of more than $ 7millions, which would be provided by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), he said.

    Another road measuring 20 kilometres linking Cha Angeer area with Spin Jumat area of Greshk would be constructed at a cost of $3 millions in next nine months, Mangal said. Both the roads would connect Greshk district with Lashkargah city, he added.

    For his part, Michael O'Neill pledged support to the construction company in the implementation of the projects in time.

    He also hinted at more development projects in near future to provide work opportunities for locals and improve the lifestyle of Helmand residents.

    The PRT commander said they would coordinate their activities with the governor's office to prevent flaws.

    Two year ago, Douglas Alexander, UK Secretary of State for International Development has promised construction of the two roads, but work on the projects was delayed due to various problems.