Slow-paced work on Kabul-Jalalabad highway irks governor
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): The governor of eastern Nangarhar province criticized the slow-paced work on second Jalalabad-Torkham road and Jalalabad-Kabul highway and directed relevant construction companies to complete the asphalting project as soon as possible.
According to the Ministry of Public Works, the second Kabul-Jalalabad road which is extended through different route has 150 kilometers length and would cost $160 million to complete. The project is sponsored by the World Bank (WB). Around 60 kilometers of the road was completed so far.
Nangarhar governor’s spokesman Ahmad Zia Abdulzai told Pajhwok Afghan News that Governor Salim Khan Kunduzi and public order director, local security and civil officials visited the road on Monday.
The governor asked reasons behind delay of construction work from engineers and public order commanders, he said.
The contracted reconstruction company officials said that insecurity was the main reason that halted their work on the road that was begun around six months ago.
The company director Haji Katib told the visiting delegation that improved security was essential for workers to accelerate construction process on the road.
“We cannot proceed if the security situation is not beefed up,” he said.
Kunduzi said the contract was signed in an open bidding and the company must complete the project as soon as possible.
However, provincial police Chief Brig. Gen. Fazl Ahmad Sherzad said they had ensured enough security for the construction process and no worker was attacked or any machine was destroyed during the past six months.
He said that several Afghan National Police (ANP) and Afghan Local Police (ALP) posts were established on the road to maintain security of the construction process.
The public order police commander said that 170 security personnel was deployed to ensure security of the road but only 20 of the personnel was absent.
The commander said construction company officials were not committed to discharge their responsibilities and public order police did not receive their salaries for the last six months.
Kunduzi asked the construction company officials to share their problems with relevant departments and resume working on roads after solving them promptly.
Kunduzi also visited the construction process of second Jalalabad-Torkham highway.
However, Pakistan consulate assured governor that the work on the road would be accelerated.
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