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    Hundreds of volunteers working on Nuristan road project

    JALALABAD (PAN): Around 800 hundreds youth on Wednesday voluntarily joined construction work on a 12-kilometer road in eastern Nuristan province, a senior official said.

    The road passing through mountains would connect the Titin area of Noorgram district with Wama and Nuristan-i-Markazi districts, Governor Tamim Nuristani told Pajhwok Afghan News.

    In the first phase, construction work on a seven kilometres portion of the road would be completed at a cost of $1. 1 million (1,500,000 afs) provided by the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, he said.

    Nearly 800 volunteers from Titin, Pirok, Wama district and the capital city of Paroon had voluntarily joined the project for two months, the governor said, adding 900 sacks of wheat had been distributed to workers on the project.

    Titin council head Maulvi Ghulam Sakhi said youth from three tribes in Noorgram district were taking part on a four -kilometre stretch of the road.

    Wama tribal council head, Mohammad Tahir Shami, said they had raised half a million afghanis in funds for the project.

    The road would help reduce a 170 kilometre distance between Kabul and Wama, Want Waigal districts and Paroon, he said.