Bridge, road benefit Khanabad residents
KUNDUZCITY(PAN): Nearly 100,000 residents of the Khanabad district have benefited from the construction of a bridge and a road in northern Kunduz province, an official said on Sunday.
The bridge, 96 metres long and nine metres wide, spans the Aqtash River. It was completed in 18 months at a cost of 25 million afghanis ($529,000), provided by the World Bank.
Nizamuddin Nashir, the Khanabad district chief, said the bridge had made life easier for 70, 000 residents, who also benefited from the pavement of a 1.5 kilometer road.
Reducing 3.30-hour distance to a 30 minutes drive, the bridge has also paved the way for transportation of agricultural products to the district centre, he explained.
Nasir Ahmad, a local farmer, welcomed the project. "We used longer routes to the district centre in the past, but now we can get to the city in 30 minutes," said the 40-year-old.
Paved with German assistance of 37 million afghanis, the road is used by 30,000 residents of the district. Executed in four months, the road connects the district centre with the Char-Saraka intersection.
Noorullah, 30, praised the project. "Now that the road has been asphalted, there is no dust or mud anymore," the shopkeeper said.
Download “Pajhwok” mobile App, on your smartphone to read and access latest news, features, interviews, videos and photos about Afghanistan.