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In Kandahar, 493m afs set aside for 434 projects under NSP

In Kandahar, 493m afs set aside for 434 projects under NSP

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Apr 06, 2019 - 18:44

KANDAHAR (Pajhwok): More than 435 million afghanis have been set aside for 434 projects, including 104 school buildings, in southern Kandahar province under the National Solidarity Program (NSP), officials said on Saturday.

NSP spokesman in Kandahar Atta Mohammad Helaman told Pajhwok Afghan News that these projects were being implemented in Kandahar’s Panjwai, Takhta Pul and Spin Boldak districts.

He said by including the 10 percent contribution of local population, the projects would cast 493.7 million afghanis.

He said the schemes included 95 standard irrigation water systems, water reservoirs and retaining walls.  

Of these, 93 projects would be executed in Panjwai district and two in Takhta Pul district, which would bring 15,000 acres of land under a standard irrigation system.

He said the schemes also included 119 solar systems, including 71 systems in Spin Boldak,  46 in Takhta Pul and two in Panjwai. The solar systems, which had been demanded by local residents, would produce 1260 kilowatts of power.

The remaining 116 projects were the provision of clean drinking water like digging deep wells, installing hand pumps and network of pipelines.

Helman said some of these projects had been completed and others which were under progress would be completed soon.

He said 104 school buildings would be constructed under Iqra program and in this regard the central government had issued more than 323 million afghanis to Kandahar for 71 school buildings and the remaining fund would be released after a technical review.

He said the school buildings would resolve 70 percent of the shortage of school buildings in the province. Work on some of these structures was under way in Panjwai and Takhta Pul district and the process would be extended to other districts soon.

Helaman said the ongoing NSP projects would directly benefit more than 362,000 people and create one million work days for laborers.

Local residents said they were happy about the projects because they were involved in their selection and implementation.

Hikmatullah, who lives in Haji Sher Aka village of Takhta Pul district, said a solar energy project was being executed in their village under the National Solidarity Program. He said the solar energy project was the demand of local residents.

He said other projects like clean drinking water, healthinfo-icon clinic and roads should also be implemented in their village under the solidarity program.

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