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First subway to be launched in Kabul

AT News Report-KABUL: The first-ever subway is to be launched with the length of 111 kilometers in Kabul city, Kabul Municipality said, adding that the project was in procurement which be followed by practical works.

Abdul Jalil Soltani, head of public relations in the municipality said Monday that the project would solve a large part of Kabul residents’ transportation problems.

“The project takes three to five years and will create a 111-kilometer long subway lines that link Deh Afghanan to Khairkhana, Mirwais Maidan-Dasht-e-Barchi, Darulaman-Karta-e-Naw and other areas,” Soltani said.

Kabul city with some seven million residents has a heavy traffic and transportation problem. The irregular traffic system causes road blockade for several hours every day.

The subway project kicked off last year and according to the municipality officials, the first phase of that is in its final works.

The municipality is to make 264 bus stops in different parts of the capital and would erect 250 developed traffic signals on 60 crossroads.

President Ghani ordered officials last week to construct terminals in Kabul and eight zones to create facilities for the passengers.

Ministry of transportation said that the work of building four terminals in Kabul and one in Balkh, Nangarhar, Herat and Kandahar each would soon begin.

“The Kabul terminals will be built outside the city. For the east zone, the terminal will be built in Lata Band, for north zone in Estalef, for south zone in Sang-e-Neveshta and for west zone in Arghandi,” said Abdul Ghaffar Faizi Zadran, adviser for transportation minister.

He added that the terminal projects were being scheduled now and the practical work would be handed to the private sector.

Jawad Peikar, head of lands department, said that the department would be ready to fulfill the president’s instructions in building terminals.

The terminals will include mosques, guest houses, restaurants and healthcare centers.

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