Zabul residents want blown up bridges repaired
QALAT (Pajhwok): The residents of Qalat, the capital of southern Zabul province, and Shahr-i-Safa district on Wednesday demanded the government reconstruct bridges and culverts which have been blown up by Taliban insurgents on the Kabul-Kandahar highway.
They said the insurgents had blown up a large number of bridges and culverts on the route with landmines and the structures remained unreconstructed.
Two residents of Qalat, Noorullah and Mir Ahmad, told Pajhwok Afghan News motorists had to face problems in crossing the destroyed bridges particularly after rains.
They said in winter when rains and snow fell, the highway remained closed for several hours because vehicles could not cross the damaged bridges.
The two residents said the government should repair the bridges so that people could get a sigh of relief. They also said the government should protect bridges after their reconstruction.
A resident of Shahr-i-Safa district, Lalai, said the damaged bridges often led to fatal accidents. He said the government should repair the bridges and protect them from insurgents so that the money spent on their reconstruction did not go in waste.
Zabul provincial officials said they were aware of the problem and very soon reconstruction of the damaged bridges would be launched.
Zabul Governor Mohammad Anwar Ihsaqzai, who along with several other officials on Wednesday visited the highway in Qalat and Shahr-i-Safa district, told Pajhwok Afghan News that three large bridges and nearly a dozen small bridges on the highway had been destroyed and needed reconstruction.
The governor said the Ministry of Public Works had approved budget for reconstruction of the bridges and the repair work would be launched soon.
He said after the reconstruction of bridges on the highway between Qalat and Shahr-i-Safa district, reconstruction work on damaged bridges between Qalat and Shah Joy district would be launched.
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