Asphalt work on Lataband Road begins from Kabul
KABUL (Pajhwok): Asphalt work on a 27-kilometre portion of the 52-km Lataband Road began in central Kabul province on Thursday, a $17 million project to be completed in one and a half years, an official said.
The asphalt repairs were started from Budkakh locality near capital Kabul and the $17 million cost would be provided by the Ministry of Public Works.
At the ground-breaking ceremony for the long-sought-after project, Acting Public Work Minister Noor Gul Mangal urged residents to help his ministry provide security for the project, otherwise it would be difficult to complete it.
He urged Ahmad Zia Massoud, the president special envoy for reforms and good governance, to increase budget for the project. The Ministry of Finance, he said, had set aside $1.5 million in this fiscal year’s budget, but the project required $17 million.
Massoud, who was present at the ceremony, said the Lataband road, once repaired, would help ease travelling for people and energise trade and economic activities.
He reiterated the government’s resolve to reconstruct roads and connect districts with provincial capitals in the coming years. He said construction of roads was an important part of infrastructure development and was vital for economic growth.
Mangal said without people’s support, the construction company would be unable to complete the project. Two bridges, 80 culverts and retaining walls would be constructed as part of the project, he added.
Qudratullah Sahak, a lawmaker from Kabul, assured the Public Works Minister of his assistance in completing the project.
Tribal elder Shinwarai Karokhel promised they would extend every support to the long-awaited project.
Mangal said asphalting of the Lataband road would help reduce traffic burden on the Kabul-Jalalabad highway. He added the road would play a key role in the country’s economic development.
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