NSP projects benefit 850 Nangarhar villages, says official
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Around 850 villages of eastern Nangarhar province have benefitted from National Solidarity Programme (NSP) projects, an official said on Tuesday.
Rural Rehabilitation and Development Director Eng. Sifatullah Sharafmal, in an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, said his department had implemented a string of projects, including retaining walls, water dams, roads, bridges and culverts.
He informed 13 retaining walls, costing 48 million afghanis, were under construction across the province, generating job opportunities for many youth.
A flagship scheme of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD),the NSP had executed various projects in 850 villages of Nangarharsince its launch in 2009, the official continued.
“The aim of NSP is to implement fundamental projects in rural areas and villages, creating job opportunities for youth and paving the ground for peace and stability in the country,” Sharafmal explained.
He added 1,100 projects worth 11 million afghanis were initiated in the province last year. Some of them have been completed and others are still underway.
Ahmadullah, an engineer working in the construction of a 457 meters retaining wall in the Kara Kori village of Behsud district, said the project was being executed with people’s cooperation.
“This project has been approved by the MRRD but people suggested that they themselves will work on it. We only oversee the process,” the engineer said.
Hujatullah, 60, resident of a nearby village, was happy over the construction of the wall and said it would benefit all locals.
“In the past, the water of the river passing through the area damaged many homes and farmlands in the rainy seasons. But the problem would be resolved with the construction of the retaining wall,” he recalled.
Besides water control, the project also generated job opportunities for many people, he said, asking the MRRD would also construct local roads.
Director Sharafmal promised implementing more projects in Nangarhar in the years to come under NSP.
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