Large bridge inaugurated in Khost
KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): A newly-reconstructed bridge connecting the Thanai district with the capital of southeastern Khost province was inaugurated on Wednesday.
Benefitting 9000 families, the large bridge has been built over the Segi natural stream.
Deputy governor Abdul Wahid Patan told Pajhwok Afghan News the bridge was 140 metres long and eight metres wide and its reconstruction took one year to complete at a cost of 58 million afghanis, which had been provided by the World Bank.
“The bridge is an important development in facilitating people’s daily life,” said the deputy governor, who recalled that many patients had died after failing to cross the stream in the absence of the bridge.
Public Works Director Eng. Mamoor Shah told Pajhwok Afghan News that they had launched efforts to construct similar bridges.
He said the bridge in the Segi area facilitated the movement of 9000 families between Thanai and Khost City.
He urged area people to take care of the bridge and inform the public works department in case it was damaged.
A resident of Thanai district, Haji Jamal Thanai, said the bridge’s construction had been their most important need because the emergence of flash floods would bring along many problems.
“Many patients had been taken back home without reaching hospital during flooding, some had died and others were able to reach Khost City through the Garbuz district.”
According to the provincial public works department, construction work on three bridge has been completed and as many under different stages of completion.
Besides these bridges, Khost needs at least seven more bridges for which surveys have been done.
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