Thousands of families benefit from Jawzjan projects
SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): More than 20,000 families have benefited from dozens of welfare projects, including water supply, education and transportation schemes, implemented in northwestern Jawzjan province, an official said on Monday.
The projects include the graveling of more than 100 kilometres of roads, building of 75 bridges, seven irrigation dams and buildings for six local councils, two schools and a health clinic.
Digging of 60 deep water wells was part of the projects, said the rural rehabilitation and development director, who added two water supply schemes had also been executed, benefitting a number of villages.
Eng. Mohammad Yousuf Saeed told Pajhwok Afghan News a total of 47 welfare projects had been implemented in Khwaja Do Koh, Qush Tepa, Darzab, Aqcha, Khanqah, Mangjik and Khamab districts, as well as the capital of Jawzjan.
He said the projects -- more benefiting more than 20,000 families -- cost 84 million afghanis paid by the National Solidarity Programme (NSP), with 10 percent contribution from locals.
Nooruddin, a resident of Ghajri village on the outskirts of Shiberghan, said a road constructed between the provincial capital and Khwaja Do Koh district played a very important role in improving transportation.
“High-speed vehicles could not come to our area before the road was graveled. We had to be content with walking through impassible areas, a time-consuming, painful and tiresome process,” he observed.
The transport fare from the district to the provincial capital had dropped from 100 afghanis to 30 afghanis, he added.
Mohammad Nazar, an inhabitant of the Ogam village of Khanqah district, said they were benefitting from a deep well providing potable water through pipelines. He also acknowledged a cut in waterborne diseases.
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