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MRRD signs 42m afs contracts with development councils

MRRD signs 42m afs contracts with development councils

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May 05, 2018 - 21:24

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) on Saturday signed contracts for 18 projects worth 42 million afghanis with developmental councils for reconstructioninfo-icon of local irrigation canals.

Mujeeb Rahman Karimi, MRRD spokesman, said the projects would benefit 64,000 people and create 27,000 working days.

He said the projects would be implemented in Kabul, Nangarhar, Herat and Kandahar provinces and would be completed until the end of current fiscal year.

Local people would contribute 10 percent to the schemes’ implementation cost, Karimi added.

According to a 2004 survey, 36 percent of irrigation canals in Afghanistaninfo-icon have destroyed.

President Ghani has ordered MRRD to develop a five-year plan for surveying and reconstruction of 3,400 irrigation canals.

The MRRD spokesman said 106 irrigation canals had been surveyed and the design for reconstruction of 36,000 canals prepared.

Talking about his recent trip to England, Karimi said England-based RECAP organization, which has 17 member countries including India, Pakistaninfo-icon and Bangladesh, granted membership status to Afghanistan.

The organization would cooperate with Kabul in rural transport sector and technically aid MRRD in surveying rural roads and finding budget for their reconstruction.

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