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$40m projects being executed in Kunar: PRT chief

$40m projects being executed in Kunar: PRT chief

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Mar 09, 2011 - 16:10

ASADABAD (PANinfo-icon): Thirty-two development projects worth $40 million (1.8 billion afghanis) are at different stages of completion in eastern Kunar province, an official said on Monday.

The schemes are being implemented by the American Provincial Reconstructioninfo-icon Team (PRTinfo-icon), the team commander, Brain Goss, told Pajhwok Afghan in an exclusive interview.

"Our sole aim is to help the Afghan government and people because we have to go one day and Afghans will benefit from these projects," the commander said.

While acknowledging past mistakes in awarding project contracts, Goss said efforts were being made to avoid a repeat of such errors. "In the past, we would give contracts to people without knowing their capacity and ability and there had been no oversight mechanism."

However, he said now projects were being overseen by a joint team of Afghan and PRT engineers during the implementation process in order to ensure their quality. The commander said a number of development projects had been executed and the process would continue.

Last summer, several provinces were affected by flash floods, triggered by heavy rains. One of the worst-hit provinces was Kunar, where a key bridge was damaged.

Goss said the PRT had set aside an amount of $0.6 million for repairing the bridge. He added they had also approved construction of five buildings for schools -- two in Asadabad, two in Narang and one in Shegal. Similar buildings will be constructed in Noor Gal and Khas Kunar districts.

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