By Akhtar M.Nikzad-KABUL: Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation Development (MRRD) signed 74 development projects worth approximately $ 229 million with Community Development Councils (CDCs), here on Saturday. Funded by Asian Development Bank and Afghanistan Development Budget, the uplift projects will cover Balkh, Smangan, Baghlan, Badakhshan, Panshir, Ghor, Bamyan, Logar, Laghman, Takhar, Paktika, Jawzjan, Kunar,Nuristan, Wardak, Daikundi, Sar-e Pul and Kabul provinces.
Nasir Ahamad Durani, Minister of MRRD signing the agreement with delegation of CDC said the projects signed, include, construction of retaining walls, irrigation canals, water reserves, roads, bridges and culverts.
Durrani said that by implementation of these projects 149,779 people will benefit in rural Afghanistan from the projects. He also provide around 80,140 days for earning livelihood from the project by labor.
“The Regional Program of the MRRD has signed around 221 infrastructure projects worth $US705 million,” he said. “MRRD has signed around 5192 development projects worth $136 million in the outgoing year. The projects were implemented covered ten sectors. Nearly 12337 uplift projects have been already accomplished in all the 34 provinces of the country,” Durani said. He touched upon the consumption of developmental budgets and said the government has earmarked $389 million for uplift and the ministry has spent $272.3 million.