Public works minister vows inclusive reforms
KABUL (Pajhwok): Survey, design and construction of roads, making the railway department a source of revenue generation, technical survey of 270 kilometres of railway and modernizing the scale and weight system of vehicles were among the priorities that the public works minister would focus in his first 100-day in office.
Eng. Mahmood Baligh, Public Works Minister, presented his plans for first 100-days, saying his activities would be in line with previous work done in the ministry and bringing inclusive reforms.
He said survey of 227 kilometres of roads, 400 metres bridges, design of 226 kilometres inter-district and inter-province roads, procurement completion of 17 major projects, finalising of 12 projects and maintaining of 20,000 kilometres of roads were among his priorities.
Baligh added he would also try to make the railway department in the ministry independent in order to make Afghanistan a transit hub between south and central Asia. The railway department was formed three years back under the framework of the ministry.
He added completion of technical survey of 270 kilometres of railway and construction work of the Herat-Mashhad railroad was also included in his plans.
Capacity building in the ministry and obtaining scholarship for his staffers to acquire further training in Iran, China, Tajikistan and Italy were among his other plans.
According to public works minister, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) had promised to finlise the funding of Salang highway construction in the next three months.
At first, Baghlan-Bamyan highway would be constructed in order to have an alternative route for vehicles when work on Salang highway started, he added.
He said in the last 12 years, more than eight billion dollars had been spent on road construction in Afghanistan, but they were in danger due to lack of maintaining.
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