Vital bridge opened for traffic in Balkh
MAZAR-E-SHARIF (Pajhwok): A new bridge has been opened in the village of Khwaja Burhan in Khulm district in northern Balkh province, a statement from the German Cooperation with Afghanistan said on Wednesday.
It said that the construction now connects 16 villages with the district centre and dwellers have now access to healthcare, schools, markets and administrative facilities. The bridge has been built at a costs of 16.8 million afghanis financed by the German government.
The new 26-metre bridge is made of reinforced concrete, said Sayed Ibrar Hashimi, the district administrative chief while inaugurating the facility.
"This bridge, built with German support, addresses one of the real needs of residents here in Khulm," he noted.
The bridge was officially opened by Zabiullah Akhtari, Head of Sector Services of the Provincial Governor’s Office, Eng. Abdul Basid Ainey, Director of the Department of Rural and Rehabilitation, Sayed Ibrar Hashimi, Khulm District Governor, Gholam Rabani Dastagir, Deputy Head of the Department of Economy in Balkh and Saleh Mohammad Moradi, Member of Balkh Provincial Council. Florian Smitmans, BMZ Development Commissioner in Balkh, represented Afghan-German Cooperation.
As part of Germany’s cooperation with Afghanistan, the Regional Capacity Development (RCD) programme is financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.
In six provinces in northern Afghanistan, RCD supports its partners’ development priorities in the provinces and districts, while at the same time providing training and coaching programmes for civil servants.
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