1,500 families to benefit from new bridge in Nimroz
ZARANJ (PAN): A120-metre long cable bridge over Helmand River has been completed, benefitting about 1,500 families in the southern province of Nimroz, officials and residents said on Tuesday.
Nimroz Governor Abdul Karim Barahawi on Monday inaugurated the 2.5-metre wide bridge, which cost $411,000 (19.3 million afghanis) in Charburjak district, bordering Iran.
Before the bridge's construction, people of the district had to face problems in crossing the river during winter, when the water level in the river increases, Mohammad Arif, a tribal elder, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
"Previously, people would use tubes and tractors to cross the river. Such efforts would often result into drowning and deaths," he said.
Nazar Mohammad, 40, another resident, said his wife died because he could not take her to doctor due to a lack of bridge over the river.
The bridge would also facilitate local farmers in transporting their agricultural products to the city with the help of animals, the district chief, Khudai Nazar Musazai, said. "The bridge was one of the key demands of residents," he said.
Charburjak district is 110 kilometres southeast of Zaranj city, the provincial capital. The district shares 220 km border with Pakistan and 130 km with Iran.
In western Ghor province, a 33-metre long bridge was inaugurated in Khum area. The bridge had been constructed with the help of National Rural Access Program (NRAP) with a cost of about 12 million afghanis, provided by the World Bank (WB), an official said.
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