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Despite challenges, 24,000km of roads rebuilt in 14 years

Despite challenges, 24,000km of roads rebuilt in 14 years

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Mar 04, 2016 - 11:36

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Public Works (MoPW) on Friday said it had reconstructed roads measuring as many as 24,000 kilometres during the past 14 years despite challenges to implementing development projects.

MoPW spokesman Mohammad Mahdi Rohani told Pajhwok Afghan News insecurity and people’s denial to providing their land for development projects were some of the challenges the ministry faced in executing road constructions and other projects.

Due to growing insecurity, he said, development projects could not be completed in-time and the pace of work had been slow. He urged security institutions to cooperate with MoPW in implementing project as he expressed his concern over the current state of law and order situation across the country.

Rohani, however, said despite challenges and problems the contractors faced, many as 24,000 kilometres of roads in the country had been asphalted. Of the asphalted roads, 3,060km were regional highways, ring roads, provincial roads and national highways.

Rohani said more than $4 billion spent on asphalting works had been provided by aid-giving countries.

He said Afghanistaninfo-icon had 18,000 kilometres of roads asphalted before the decades of war. The continued conflict in the country led to the destruction of 15,000 kilometres of roads.

He said his was striving to construct more roads in order to improve economic situation of the county.

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