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‘Construction of second lane Kabul-Jalalabad Road faces hurdles

‘Construction of second lane Kabul-Jalalabad Road faces hurdles

Apr 22, 2019 - 20:36

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Nangarhar officials say the construction process of the second Kabulinfo-icon-Jalalabad highway remain idle for years due to what they call corruption and negligence in the process.

Nangarhar officials have recently asked the company working on the construction of the second Kabul-Jalalabad highway to clarify transactions with its contractors and accelerate work on the project.

The contract of the 105 kilometers road construction project was awarded to a Chinese company against $100 million by the Ministry of Public Works, but the company later handed over implementation of parts of the project to other small contractors.

Nangarhar governor’s spokesman, Attaullah Khogyani, told Pajhwok Afghan News that a meeting chaired by Nangarhar governor in his office discussed the issue.

Governor Shah Mahmod Miakhel has ordered officials of the contracted company to resolve its internal problems and complete the project implementation, he said.

Khogyani said that local administration’s reviews found the Ministry of Public Works awarded the contract of 105 kilometers construction of the second Kabul-Jalalabad highway to a Chinese construction company, BXRB but both sides agreed over construction of 33 kilometers of the road first and then 30 kilometers due to slow construction process.

The Chinese company then handed over some parts of the road construction to two other small companies, SEAR and SAI, who did not receive their payments and the project is now in idle condition due to corruption and negligence, he said.

He said that the governor requested information about financial deals between BXRB and its two contractors to find their arrears and refer them to legal sources to resolve their problems.

The governor’s house decided to create a joint committee comprised of representatives of governor’s house, attorney office, public works and police so the construction companies would clarify their financial accounts in their presence and resume work on the remaining part of the road, Khogyani said.

Practical work on second Kabul-Jalalabad highway was begun in 2014 and only currently only 10 percent of the road remained unconstructed.



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