Work on Arghandab River retaining wall resumes
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Construction work on a retaining wall along the Arghandab River, which had been stopped due to a lack of budget, resumed on Thursday in the southern province of Kandahar, officials said.
Work on the 31-kilomentre protection wall was launched a year ago, but it had to be stopped due to a shortage of budget, deputy governor Abdul Ali Shamsi told Pajhwok Afghan News.
The wall, a $22 million project, was scheduled to be executed in five years, he said, adding the project had fortunately resumed.
The retaining wall on both sides of Arghandab River starts from Sarband area and reaches Baba Wali shrine.
The project will provide work opportunities for nearly 800 people in the district, said Shamsi, who along with Rural Rehabilitation and Development Minister Eng. Naseer Ahmad Durrani inspected the resumed construction works.
The construction of the wall would rescue thousands of acres of agricultural land and orchards from being threatened by floods and would bring more hundreds acres of land under irrigation, he said. Shamsi asked people to monitor activities of the important project.
A resident of the district, Haji Salam, happy over the project, said the scheme should be extended to Bagh-i-Pul area to prevent more land and orchards from being flooded by the river.
Arghandab district chief Shah Mohammad Ahmadi asked the government to commence work on extending the wall from Baba Wali Shrine to Bagh-i-Pul area in the second phase.
Shamsi said the rural development minister promised to extend the retaining wall to Bagh-i-Pul area when he shared people’s demands with him.
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