Hajigak Pass reopens for traffic
BAMYAN CITY (Pajhwok): After remaining closed for months due to heavy snowfall, the Hajigak pass on the Kabul-Bamyan highway has reopened for vehicular traffic, an official said on Sunday.
One of the two main routes connecting Bamyan with Kabul via central Maidan Wardak province, the pass is 60 kilometres closer to the central capital than the route through central Parwan province. Local residents recently cleared the debris and reopened the route for traffic.
Eng. Mohammad Anwari, Bamyan public works director, told Pajhwok Afghan News the vital pass would be asphalted in four months. “This route is also very affordable for passengers and transportation of goods.”
He added reconstruction work on the highway had been started two years back by an Afghan and an Iranian construction company.
According to Anwari, more than 75 per cent of the highway had been asphalted.
Khalifa Qayum, a driver, welcomed reopening of the pass, saying it took him four hours reaching Kabul through the route.
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