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    12-km road reconstructed in Paktia

    GARDEZ (PAN): A 12-kilometre road was inaugurated after being reconstructed in the capital of southeastern Paktia province on Thursday, officials said. 

    Funded by the Public Work Affairs Ministry, the project cost $3,400,000 (161,228,000 afs), said Governor Juma Khan Hamdard. The road links Tiri Kandao area with Sharan, the capital of neighbouring Paktika province.

    "It is an important project for residents of the two provinces and will help ease traffic snarls in Gardez," the governor said, adding they had launched efforts at seeking funds more projects.

    Construction work on the Zurmat-Ghazni highway has been postponed. Abdullah Durrani, the public works director, said nearly 100 kilometres of roads were to be asphalted soon.

    He added donors had pledged assistances for the construction of another 100-km road in the province over the next two years. About 385-km of roads have so far been constructed in the province.