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Despite road damage, Sher Khan Port allows heavy trucks

Despite road damage, Sher Khan Port allows heavy trucks

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Jul 20, 2019 - 17:59

KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Tajikistani truckers at the Sher Khan Port in northeastern Kunduz province say they are not allowed to carry more than 23 tons of load in a truck inside their own country but they carry load as much as they want in Afghanistaninfo-icon.

On the other hand, residents of Kunduz province say most parts of the Kunduz-Tajikistan road have damaged as a result of heavy truck loads.

A driver of a Tajikistani truck at Sher Khan Port, Amruddin, told Pajhwok Afghan News that he transported cement from Dushanbe to Afghanistan.

“We are not allowed to carry more than 23 tons of load in a truck in Tajikistan but in Afghanistan we transport the load of two trucks into one,” he said.

He said no anyone in Afghanistan had asked them about the extra loads so far.

Another Tajik trucker, Hussain, also said they had no problem in carrying the amount of loads they transported inside Afghanistan.

“It is very good for us when we can transport the load of two trucks into one because it becomes inexpensive for us and there is no problem here in this regard,” he said.

Ghulam, an Afghan driver, said, “When we arrive at Shiberghan Port, Tajik drivers load goods of our one truck into their two trucks and then transport them to their country.”

Toryali Kakar, a provincial council member of Kunduz, said that heavy truck transports on the Kunduz-Shiberghan highway had caused damages to the road in many areas.

He accused some government officials of taking bribe from truck drivers to let them proceed with extra heavy loads on the highway.

Mohammad Zahid Yarmal, Kunduz public works director, told Pajhwok that customs officials should not allow truckers to load more than the permitted weight of goods in their trucks.

“Our scale in the border area has problem, only the customs scale is working, so the customs should not allow heavy loads,” he said.

Yarmal said he had spoken with officials concerned in Kabulinfo-icon and Kunduz for finding a solution to the problem.

Sher Khan Port officials refused to comment on the issue and said they were not allowed to speak in this regard.

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