Residents irked by halt to work on Sharan-Angor Ada Road
SHARAN (Pajhwok): Some residents and civil society activists in southeastern Paktika province on Wednesday said construction work on Sharan-Angor Ada Road had been stopped for unknown reasons over the past few days.
Yaqub Khan Manzoor, head of the Argon Cultural Society, told Pajhwok Afghan News construction work on the road was launched last year. But some days ago, he said, it was stopped without any reason.
He warned of staging protests if work on the key road project did not resume soon. Completion of the scheme was necessary to address the residents’ transportation problem, he said.
Driver Gul Mohammad said: “For one week now, construction work has been suspended and the road is in terrible condition.” He demanded prompt resumption of work on the project.
But Nabiullah Pirkhel, the governor’s spokesman, explained unfavourable weather had forced the halt. He said the work would restart after the rainy season came to an end.
The 50 kilometres road is being constructed at a cost of $52 million provided by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). It is to be completed in two years.