Uplift activity picks up momentum in Laghman
MEHTARLAM (Pajhwok): Dozens of reconstruction projects have recently been launched in eastern Laghman province and their completion would help resolve most of residents’ basic problems, officials say.
Sarhadi Zwak, the Laghman governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News steps towards development had recently been picked up momentum in the province.
He said welfare projects worth more than 100 million afghanis were initiated over the past few weeks within the framework of sectorial departments alone in Mehtarlam, the provincial capital, and districts.
Zwak said a number of reconstruction projects including constructing buildings for government departments would be launched in near future.
He said Governor Abdul Jabbar Naeemi had always met officials of ministries and foreign aid agencies during visits to Kabul to obtain development projects for Laghman and he had been successful in this regard to a great extent.
Laghman’s economy director Eng. Mohammad Agha Mubarez said construction work on the building for provincial Public Works Department would be launched soon at a cost of 20 million afghanis.
He told Pajhwok Afghan News the development process in Laghman got momentum thanks to the provincial administration’s efforts. He said development activities faced no problem across the province.
Mubarez said construction work on the road leading to the newly created Badpakh district would be opened to bidding during the ongoing month.
He said technical work on the bridge the Taliban had blown up with explosives in Alingar district had been completed and construction on it would be launched soon.
Education director Mohammad Hazrat Mujeddedi said they had recently launched 35 uplift projects in the education sector. The projects included buildings for schools, boundary walls and power supply.
Of the boundary wall projects, six in Mehtarlam, seven in Qarghai district, as many in Dawlat Shah, eight in Alingar, six in Alishang and two in Badpakh districts were underway.
Rural development director Eng Aminuddin Bidar said work on 152 projects keeping in views people’s priorities had been launched under the National Solidarity Programme (NSP) in the provincial capital and districts.
He said most of the projects had been completed and put into service. Right away, he said, separate 145 projects were in progress in the provincial capital and districts. Another a dozen projects had been designed and surveyed and work on them would be launched soon, Bidar said.
Governor Naeemi praised security forces’ role in executing reconstruction projects in Laghman and urged all civil and security departments not to cease their cooperation in paving the ground for development projects.
The governor identified development his second priority after security and promised to work with full force for fundamental and multifaceted development of Laghman.
The people of Laghman say they are happy with the development projects but ask the government to give security more attention.
Zabihullah, who lives in Tergaryo area of Mehtarlam, said the security situation in Laghman had recently deteriorated and had a negative impact on development projects.
He acknowledged reconstruction projects in some areas had been executed mitigating people’s problems, but demanded increased attention to security.
Izzatullah, a resident of Alingar district, said security problems were in abundance during the previous month, but the situation improved following a security operation.
He welcomed government’s announcement to reconstruct the destroyed bridge in Alingar.
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