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Snail-paced work on key road irks Paktika residents

Snail-paced work on key road irks Paktika residents

Dec 22, 2015 - 19:23

SHARAN (Pajhwok): Residents of southern Paktika province on Tuesday complained of the slow pace of work on the road between Angor Ada and Sharan, the provincial capital.

A $52 million contract for the 50 kilometres road was signed with the Afghan-Turk company in February 2014. Based on the contract, the asphalting process has to be completed in two years.

But a resident of Srarawza district, Habibullah, told Pajhwok Afghan News the construction process was going on at a slow pace and the company could not complete it in two years.

“I have been travelling roadfor years, but its condition has been so bad. The company is working on it at a snail’s pace and we believe the completion of the road would take longer,” he observed.

Momin, a dweller of Sharan,holds a similar view. “It is a very important road, travelled by a large number of people. The company should complete its construction process as soon as possible,”

Nader Khan Katawazai,a public representativefrom Paktika in the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon, claimed the contractor was not qualified for the job.

He alleged the contractor was Afghan, having named itself as Afghan-Turk fraudulently.Katawazai said he discussed the issue with relevant officials in the capital Kabulinfo-icon.

Governor Aminullah Shariq acknowledged work on the road had been sluggish. But he has shared the issue with the Ministry of Public Works, which has promised to resolve it soon.

Mir Mohammad Mehrab, head of the construction company, said it was a big project and needed more time.“We can complete the construction process in the right time if there is no security problem,” he said.

The road connects Sharan city, Angor Ada and the Durand Lineinfo-icon.



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