Basir plans to convert Afghanistan into transit hub
KABUL (Pajhwok): The public works minister-designate on Monday pledged to work out plans for infrastructure development and spreading a network of roads.
Seeking a vote of confidence from the Wolesi Jirga members, Ghulam Abbas Basir said he would convert at least 20 provinces of the country into transit centres.
“I will also convert Afghanistan into a bridge connecting regional countries,” he promised, hinting at evolving a master plan for building roads and railway lines within one year.
Basir believed Afghanistan needed 100,000 kilometres of asphalted roads and 580,000 kilometres of railroads. The proposed projects will require $30 billion.
“If granted the trust vote, I will complete the construction of 5,000 kilometres of roads -- includes the ring road -- and asphal 3,500 kilometres of district roads,” he said.
Basir added securing the strategic Salang Pass, its rehabilitation and staff capacity- building were among his goals, which also include better project implementation and creating a standard framework for road construction.
Generating job opportunities for 5,000 people, hiring professional individuals, keeping a balance in implementing projects, curbing corruption and introducing accountability are his other priorities.
Ghulam Abbas Basir is a son of Ghulam Hussain, born in 1969 in Ghazni province. He received two bachelor degrees in culture and politics and a master’s in Islamic education in Iran.
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