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Acceleration of work on road project demanded

Acceleration of work on road project demanded

May 14, 2019 - 13:17

GARDEZ (Pajhwok): Residents of southeastern Paktia province have demanded acceleration of work on the Gardez-Zurmat road, complaining of slow-paced implementation of the project.

They asked local officials to mount pressure on the contractor to speed up work. Haji Nazar Khan, a tribal elder from the Ibrahimkehel village, said the leveling and paving process for the road had begun but not enough work had been done in four months.

He assured public cooperation on the construction of the road but said the current speed of work was not acceptable.

Usman Ghani, another resident, objected to the slow-paced work and said the delay had led to the loss of public confidence in the government’s ability to complete the scheme soon.

He said the Talibaninfo-icon also want the road to be constructed as it was essential to address the transportation problems of the people.

Security officials also promised cooperation on the construction of the road and said so far there had been no threat to the project.

“The situation is normal and there are no hurdles so far. The company should continue its work. We will ensure security,” said Ayub Khan, a security official.

Governor Shamim Khan Katawazai said work on the road was launched after a long delay. The governor added he was not happy with the slow-paced work.

“On two complex projects, the Zurmat road and the Machalgho dam, work is underway but at a slow pace and against our expectations. We want both schemes to be fast-tracked,” he said.

Last year, President Ashraf Ghani travelled to Paktia, where he inaugurated work on the Gardez-Zurmat Road.


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