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3,700km of rural roads constructed this year: MRRD

3,700km of rural roads constructed this year: MRRD

Aug 31, 2016 - 17:53

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) on Wednesday said 3,700 kilometers of roads were asphalted, graveled or constructed since January this year, benefitting 260,000 people.

Addressing a press conference in Kabul, MRRD spokesman Akbar Rustami said contracts for another 10 road construction projects worth 606 million afghanis would be signed with private companies next week.

The new road projects would be implemented in Baghlan, Laghman, Samangan, Takhar, Balkh and Kandahar provinces, he said.

Contracts for 37 irrigation system and clean water supply projects worth 327 million afghanis were signed the previous week, Rustami added. Implementation of some of the projects has begun.

Rustami said 3,699 kilometers of roads costing $78 million were constructed in rural areas since the beginning of this fiscal year (January). The projects were executed in 2,400 villages of 379 districts across the country, benefitting around 620,000 people.

The official said currently construction process of 3,137 kilometers of roads at a cost of $69 million was underway in 700 villages and 200 districts that would facilitate more than 765,000 people.

The projects are financed by different charity organizations and the government, he concluded.



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