Projects worth $5m to be launched in Paktika next solar year
SHARANA (Pajhwok): As many as 300 different projects would be carried out at a cost of $5 million in southeastern Paktika province next Afghan year, which begins on March 22, the provincial rural development director said on Monday.
Najibullah Mujahid told Pajhwok Afghan News during an interview that the projects would be implemented under the National Solidarity Programme (NSP) in Sharana, the provincial capital, and a number of districts through local councils and in cooperation with residents.
It merits a mention here that projects have been halted in Paktika under the NSP over the past few years for unknown reasons.
But Mujahid said 300 projects, including bridges, retaining walls, drinking water schemes, playgrounds, pavement of streets and others would be launched under the NSP next solar year in the province.
“The implementation of these projects will resolve problems of many people and the government is trying to launch several other projects in Paktika,” the official said.
But residents said Paktika was deprived of its due share in NSP projects and the new projects under the programme should be given to contractors who had the capacity to maintain quality.
Gulab, a resident of Sharana, told Pajhwok Afghan News that NSP projects had not been carried out in Paktika the way they were executed in other provinces.
“But we are happy projects under NSP are once again being launched in our province, but the proposed projects should be given to reliable contractors,” he said.
A resident of Mata Khan district, Ibrahim, said the government had been giving Paktika a “step-motherly” treatment with regard to NSP projects.
He said Paktika should be treated like other provinces in government projects because the province was also contributing to the national revenue.
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