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    Ghazni to have first-ever international airport

    GHAZNI CITY (PAN): Ghazni Governor Musa Khan Akbarzada on Wednesday laid the foundation stone of the first-ever international airport in the southern province.

    Speaking at the ground breaking ceremony, the governor hoped the mega project would be completed by the end of the current year.

    He said work on the airport’s boundary wall that started today would take four months to complete at a cost of $750,000 (37.3 million afghanis), provided by the Transport and Aviation Ministry.

    Work on the runway would start in few days, Akbarzada said, adding the overall project would be complete till 2013, when the provincial capital serves as the centre of Islamic civilisation.

    Having four kilometres length and one and a half kilometre width, the airport is being constructed in the Unit area of Deh Yak district.

    Residents in neighbouring provinces, such as Logar, Paktika, Maidan Shahr and Zabul, would also benefit from the airport, Akbarzada said.  "Work on the airport will finish until the end of the ongoing year," he hoped.

    Deputy provincial council chief Abdul Jami Jami said the scheme would have a positive impact on the security situation as well.

    However, he stressed the need for ensuring quality work on the project, warning the use of low quality materials in construction could turn the project a failure.

    Without going into details, the public representative said several projects had not been monitored during their implementation, thus giving bad results.

    He said it should be ensured that standard materials were used in the construction works.

    Meanwhile, it is learned that the governor had refused accepting construction materials which were of low quality.

    Happy over the project, residents hoped the project would provide work opportunities to thousands of people and enable others to travel to foreign countries.

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