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Basir plans to convert Afghanistan into transit hub

Basir plans to convert Afghanistan into transit hub

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Jan 26, 2015 - 12:49

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The public works minister-designate on Monday pledged to work out plans for infrastructure development and spreading a network of roads.

Seeking a vote of confidence from the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon members, Ghulam Abbas Basir said he would convert at least 20 provinces of the country into transit centres.

“I will also convert Afghanistaninfo-icon into a bridge connecting regional countries,” he promised, hinting at evolving a master plan for building roads and railway lines within one year.

Basir believed Afghanistan needed 100,000 kilometres of asphalted roads and 580,000 kilometres of railroads. The proposed projects will require $30 billion.

“If granted the trust vote, I will complete the construction of 5,000 kilometres of roads -- includes the ring road -- and asphal 3,500 kilometres of district roads,” he said.

Basir added securing the strategic Salang Passinfo-icon, its rehabilitation and staff capacity- building were among his goals, which also include better project implementation and creating a standard framework for road construction.

Generating job opportunities for 5,000 people, hiring professional individuals, keeping a balance in implementing projects, curbing corruption and introducing accountability are his other priorities.

Ghulam Abbas Basir is a son of Ghulam Hussain, born in 1969 in Ghazni province. He received two bachelor degrees in culture and politics and a master’s in Islamic educationinfo-icon in Iran.

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