15 projects to implement in Washir district
The people of the district cooperated with the government, so the government has rewarded the district with projects, Governor Gulab Mangal said during a trip to the district a few days ago.
The district, located nearly 70 kilometers from Lashkargah, the provincial capital, was under Taliban control for four years, but was recaptured four months ago during special operations by Afghan National Army (ANA).
Mangal asked tribal elders of the district to establish a district council to identify the district’s priorities. He said that the projects would be implemented as soon as possible.
Mohammad Omar Qani, Director of Rehabilitation and Rural Development, specified that the 15 reconstruction projects would be launched after Eid-ul-Fitr.
The projects will include cleaning the karez system, constructing roads, streets, clinics, small bridges, water dams, and schools, and digging wells.
He said the schemes will be implemented by tribal elders in relatively secure areas.
He added that the projects would also include construction work on the Herat to Kandahar ring road.
The government will also establish 105 community development councils which would be included in the National Solidarity Programme (NSP), he said.
He added that more projects will be implemented as security improves.
The governor should pay attention to the reconstruction of the district, because residents cooperated with the government to maintain security and did not defect to the militants, a tribal elder, Lal Mohammad, said.
He said people were deprived of basic facilities, and don’t even have water for their crops, nor schools or clinics. District youths are unemployed, he said.
The government and donor countries should launch reconstruction projects in the district in order to provide work opportunities for the jobless youths of the district, another resident of the district, Habibullah, said.
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