$1m terminal being constructed at Torkham dry port
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): The transport minister on Sunday said a terminal was being constructed at Torkham dry port at a cost of $1 million in eastern Nangarhar province to organise traffic and facilitate passengers.
Mohammadullah Batash, who inaugurated construction work on the terminal at the dry port, said the facility would be completed and put into service in one year time.
On the sidelines of the inauguration, the minister told Pajhwok Afghan News that the terminal was being constructed over five acres of land. “Our containers and passengers face many problems at the Torkham dry port, but the terminal would have many facilities like waiting rooms, mosque, parking lot and others.”
To a question about corruption in the transport sector, the minister said he said his visit to Torkham was aimed at discussing with local officials how to prevent possible problems and address existing ones.
The minister said he wanted the governor of Nangarhar to keep an eye on possible corruption in transport services on the Torkham highway.
The minister also said another terminal would also be constructed in Surkh Diwal area on the Torkham highway for containers and the terminal would have all facilities.
“We also plan to build a terminal at Jalalabad bus stand in Kabul. These terminals will increase our income and streamline traffic,” the minister said.
Nangarhar governor Salim Khan Kunduzi said the new projects would not only improve traffic but would also provide jobs to many. He said passengers travelling between Afghanistan and Pakistan faced many problems due the lack of such facilities.
Nangarhar provincial council deputy head Dr. Lal Mohammad Durrani told reporters that corruption was still rife in the transport sector at Torkham dry port where money was taken from even poor cart owners.
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