Slow-paced work on Kabul-Bamyan road denounced
BAMYAN CITY (Pajhwok): A number of people accused the construction company working on the Maidan Wardak-Bamyan road of negligence, saying the road blacktopping was said to be completed within a year but it could not be materialized.
But the Iranian company Abadar Ahan Pars working on the road construction said that the work was halted as a result of lack of budget that must be provided by Italy, the country that sponsors the project.
There are two transportation highways for Bamyan to the capital Kabul. The first crosses Hajigak passage through Maidan Wardak province and the second highway crosses Shebar passage through Parwan province.
The distance between Bamyan and Kabul through Parwan highway is 235 kilometers while the distance through Maidan Wardak province is around 175 kilometers.
The road under construction starts from the capital of Bamyan province and ends at the Oni passage of Maidan Wardak is 50 kilometers long and eight meters wide.
The total length of the highway is 82 kilometers long with 35 kilometers of it was asphalted by two Afghan companies last year. The overall cost of the project is $55 million donated by Italy.
Abdul Rauf, an elder from Bamyan province, said the highway should have completed in 2014 while the project was still under construction.
“The construction of this highway is important for us because it reduces the distance between Bamyan and Kabul. Businessmen will pay less fare for transportation,” he said, adding there was also a significant reduction in the rates of goods transported through Maidan Wardak-Bamyan highway.
A driver Sher Mohammad said that they use Parwan highway which costs more and take more time to reach the destination. “We spend four hours traveling on Maidan Wardak highway due to poor road condition, but it will take only one and a half hour if the road is asphalted,” he said.
But he criticized the slow paced work on the road and said the government should pay urgent attention to the problem.
Mohammad Raza Khatibi, director of the construction company, said the cause of slow-paced work on the project occurred because of lack of budget that should be paid by Italy and existence of problems in relevant Afghan departments.
A public works supervisor Eng. Mohammad Amin insisted the implementation of the road construction project was ongoing according to the agreement between the company and the ministry.
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