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Protesters reopen northern highway conditionally

Protesters reopen northern highway conditionally

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Jul 11, 2018 - 17:53

PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): The residents of Khenjan district in northern Baghlan province on Wednesday reopened the Kabulinfo-icon-Mazar-i-Sharif highway for traffic conditionally.

Earlier in the day the residents closed the highway in Salang area against traffic to protest against the road’s bad condition.

Salang district police Chief Col. Quatratullah Sapand told Pajhwok Afghan News dozens of Deh Salah valley residents had closed the highway to demand the government reconstruct the Salang highway.

Muhiuddin, a protestor, said the Kabul-Mazar highway was a rundown condition in Salang area, creating great inconvenience for local residents.

District Chief Lutfullah said that officials of the Public Works Ministry held a telephonic contact with protesters and promised them that the construction work of the highway in Salang would begin till coming week.

He said the residents ended their protest after the officials assured them to begin the reconstructioninfo-icon work.

Earlier the protesters warned they would continue to protest until the government ordered repair of the highway in their area.

Meanwhile, Sheer Mohammad, a diver on the Kabul-Mazar highway, said he had been plying the route for the past ten years and the highway’s condition deteriorated with each passing day.

He said if the road was reconstructed, commuters would be able to reach their destinations on time.

On the other hand, Lt. Gen. Mohammad Rajab, the Salang highway maintenance commander, confirmed the route’s condition had turned bad compared to the past.

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