1st phase of drinking water project completed in Samangan
AIBAK (Pajhwok): With the completion of the first phase of a project in Aibak, the capital of northern Samangan province, dozens of families have gained access to clean drinking water, an official said on Sunday.
Mohammad Sediq Azizi, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News the water of a fountain in Khurram Sarbagh district was transferred to Takht Rustam localitythrough a 38-kilometre pipeline.
He said the project was completed at a cost of almost $9 millionfrom the government’sdevelopment budget in three years.The second phase involves the establishment ofa house-to-housenetwork of pipes benefiting thousands of people, who traverse a long distance daily to fetch drinkingwater.
Janat Gul Nazari, in charge of the water supply authority in the northern zone, said water would be supplied to Aibak, Dara-i-Zhwandoon and Sar Kanda villages.
Residents of Aibak,meanwhile, expressed pleasure over the completion of the first phase of the vital project. Earlier, they had to traverse a long distance to fetch potable water.
Samangan is among the provinces whose residents are faced with lack of potable. A survey by the Rural Rehabilitation and Development Directorate says Samangan has been facing drought and lack of drinking water over the past few years.
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