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    Efforts on to keep Gardez-Kabul highway open

    GARDEZ (PAN): The Department of Public Works on Saturday said it had set aside $82,186 (about 4 million afghanis) for removing snow from the Gardez-Kabul highway at the Sato-Kandaw pass in southeastern Paktia province.  

    The pass remains blocked for several hours due to heavy snow, creating problems for commuters.

    Public Works Director Abdullah Durrani told Pajhwok Afghan News the department had already taken steps to keep the road open.  The highway, linking capital Kabul with Logar, Paktia and Khost provinces, remained closed for hours due to snowfall, he said.

    Snow-removing equipment has already been provided for the vulnerable areas, including Khwak and Gardi Serai in Ozi district. Deep cracks on the highway had been filled and 65 percent snow-clearing work completed, he added.

    "We have also taken appropriate steps to keep Ghazni-Gardez and Gardez-Dandi Patan highways open for traffic," Durrani said. Bridges and culverts destroyed by flood or mines were being reconstructed, he concluded.

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