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Ghani inaugurates work on south-north road in Bamyan

Ghani inaugurates work on south-north road in Bamyan

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May 18, 2017 - 15:48

BAMYAN (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday traveled to central Bamyan province and inaugurated construction work on the Yakawalang-Dara-i-Sauf Road.

Contract for the 178-kilometer road was signed between the Public Works Ministry and a Chinese construction company CRBC in December last year.

President Ghani, Second Vice President Sarwar Danish, Chinese Ambassador to Afghanistaninfo-icon and other government officials inaugurated the $204.9 million road project.

The president termed the project as vital and said people in every corner of the country were happy over its launch.

“For Afghanistan’s economic development, we have given a priority to infrastructure projects and I am very happy to see this project is kicked off as it will connect the country’s north with the south,” the president said.

Public Works Minister Mahmood Balegh said the road, part of connectivity road between north and south of the country, was being constructed with financial support from the Asian Development.

He said the road was 178 kilometre long, nine meters wide and would have eight bridges, 196 culverts and 5,950 metres of retaining walls. The project, he said, would be completed in 1,278 working days.

Second Vice President Sarwar Danish congratulated residents of Bamyan and Samangan province on the project’s launch and assured them of more infrastructure development projects in future.

Thousands of residents of Bamyan were present at the site to welcome President Ghani.

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