More than 190 welfare projects implemented in Badakhshan
FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): Under the National Solidarity Programme (NSP), 193 projects, benefiting more than 26,000 families, have been implemented in northeastern Badakhshan province, an official said on Tuesday.
The projected were executed in Argo, Shuhada, Baharak, Warduj, Kufab, Wakhan, Yamgan, Zibak, Pishgan and Shahr-i-Bozurg districts of the remote province, NSP Director Abdul Wali Marufi told Pajhwok Afghan News.
He said the projects included the construction of public bathrooms, reservoirs for irrigation and drinking water, embankments, bridges, small power dams, drinking water networks, roads and footpaths.
He said the projects benefited 26,500 families in the districts. The second phase of executing projects was underway in other districts, the official added, explaining some schemes had already been completed.
A flagship development initiative of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD), NSP is aimed at generating jobs and implementation of reconstruction projects.
Jan Aqa Sultani, administrative head of the Argo district council, said the welfare projects implemented under NSP had created job opportunities for people in addition to brining development to their areas.
Under the NSP, a 22.45 kilometres canal in Faizabad, the capital of Badakhshan province, is being cleaned -- a project that will cost 11,100,000 afghanis.
Marufi said the canal had been silted as result of rains and floods over the past few years. The canal near Kokcha River would help irrigate 1,850 hectares of farmlands, the NSP director said.
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