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    Ghazni roads yet to be cleared of snow

    GHAZNI CITY (PAN):  Contractors have yet to embark on clearing operations in the southern province of Ghazni, where key roads have been closed by heavy snow, officials said on Monday.

    In Qarabagh district, roads were cleared of snow by area residents, with contractors yet to jerk into action, a member of the district council, Wakil Ahmad Mashal, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

    Residents and drivers opened the road for traffic in the district, while transporters cleared the Kabul-Kandahar highway for logistic convoys, the official said.

    After several sub-contracts, the implementing agency has to clear a kilometre of road for 3,000 afghanis during winter and that is why many firms avoid embarking on work, according to the deputy head of provincial council, Amanullah Kamrani.

    This winter, 7million afs were allocated for removing snow from 823-km roads in the proivnce, he said.

    However, Public Works Director Mohammad Qurban rejected the claim as baseless, saying the contract for one kilometre road involved 5,000 to 6,000afs.

    A contract for clearing a 36-km of road in Nawa was awarded by a member of the provincial council, but the road was yet to open, said the district chief, Mohibullah Khpalwak.

    But council member, Juma Khan Taraki, denied the closure of the road, saying he had sub-contracted the project tothe area people.

    Last winter, roads in Nawar, Malistan, Ajiristan, Nawa, Giro and Zana Khan districts remained blocked for nearly a month.