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Reconstruction projects launched in NangarharBy Abdul Mueed Hashimi Feb 21, 2012 - 16:19
JALALABAD (PAN): Three reconstruction schemes were launched and a fourth inaugurated in the eastern province of Nangarhar, officials said on Tuesday.
A three-kilomentre water channel was constructed in eight months at a cost of $67,975, provided by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN–HABITAT) in Jalalabad, the provincial capital.
Provincial head of the UN office, Eng. Inayat-ur-Rahman told Pajhwok Afghan News as part of the project, 99 small bridges had been built and a 500-metre road graveled.
Jalalabad Development Council member Naqibullah Faqirzada hoped residents’ transportation problem in the rainy season would be resolved with the construction of the canal.
Hundreds of residential houses were damaged last year due to ponds of rainwater in streets, the official recalled. However, he said the problem would not recur with the execution of the project.
Separately, a foundation stone of a health clinic was laid in Nangarhar jail. The clinic will cost more than one million afghanis, provided by the Health Net organisation.
Nangarhar Jail Superintendent Col. Abdul Wali Hisarak said the clinic would take four months to complete. The prison with the capacity of housing 600 prisoners was set up 65 years ago. Currently, it holds 1,267 inmates, including 24 females.
Three rooms of the clinic have already been constructed by the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC). Three more rooms were being added to the 10-bed clinic, Public Health Director Dr. Baz Mohammad Sherzad said.
Meanwhile, reconstruction work on a retaining wall and a school was launched in the Sorkhrod and Ghanikhel district of the province.
Funded by the US Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT), the Shaheed Mirwali Primary School in Ghanikhel district would be built in four months at a cost of $120,000, said a spokesman for the education department.
Mohammad Asif Shinwari added eight classrooms and four administrative rooms would be constructed. The building would accommodate 400 students.
The reconstruction of a retaining wall along the Jalalabad ring road began in the Kambu area of Sorkhrod district, Director of Public Works Eng. Fazal Rabi Walizai said. The wall will be built in two months at a cost of 2.6 million.