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Dilapidated Kandahar road gives passengers bumpy ride

Dilapidated Kandahar road gives passengers bumpy ride

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Nov 14, 2018 - 19:27

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Commuters on the Kandahar-Uruzgan highway in southern Kandahar province are complaining about the road’s rundown condition, saying their journey time between the two provinces has tripled.

The passengers complain due to the road’s rundown condition, they reach Tirinkot, the capital of Uruzgan province, in six hours --- a distance previously covered in two hours.

Both drivers and passengers have urged the government to reconstruct the road as early as possible.

Mohammad Dawood, a passenger on the Kandahar-Uruzgan highway, told Pajhwok Afghan News the highway had been in a shabby condition for the past few years but no one paid attention.

He said elderly people, children, womeninfo-icon and patients to had travel for several hours because of the road’s tattered condition. He said most of the time vehicles developed technical faults and patients had to die on the way.

“Often Talibaninfo-icon militants emerge on the road and search passengers,” he said, urging the government to reconstruct the road as well improve security.

Some passengers accuse police of taking 500 afghansi from passengers in case they lack national ID cards.

They say the government is responsible to meet people’s demands and ensure security on the highway.

The Kandahar-Uruzgan highway is asphalted from Wach Bakhto area of the Shah Wali Kot district till Tirinkot, the provincial capital but around 38 kilometers portions of the road is unconstructed and in a bad condition.

Provincial public works department head Eng. Mohammad Saber Ahmadzai told Pajhwok that reconstructioninfo-icon work on the road had to be delayed due some issues in the procurement process.

He said 30 million afghanis had been approved for the road’s reconstruction work and a 16 kilometers portion of the road had been completed and the rest would be completed within two months.

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