Khost-Paktia road to vanish if not maintained
GARDEZ (Pajhwok): Residents of southeastern Paktia province on Wednesday said the Khost-Paktia road would damage soon if not properly maintained.
The 105-kilometre road was constructed at a cost of $232 million during a period of six years and was inaugurated on Dec. 16, 2015.
“The highway passes through mountainous areas which are vulnerable to floods which can damage the road,” a truck driver and resident, Zabit Khan, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
He said some portions of the road had been damaged by floods and warned the road would vanish in few months if the situation continued.
A resident of Gardez, the provincial capital, Ahmad Yousuf, said that they were happy over construction of the road, but the government should take urgent measures for its maintenance.
Likewise, a tribal elder from Wazi Zadran district, Haji Nadim, said the road’s construction took several years and should be properly maintained.
However, Public Works Director Abdullah Durani said they had prepared special plans for roads’ maintenance. Some other roads in the province also needed to be maintained, he said.
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