By Akhtar M. Nikzad-KABUL: Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development signed Sunday the contracts of 71 rural projects with private companies and the Community Development Councils.
The projects include construction of retaining walls, water network, asphalting and graveling of rural roads, bridges and digging deep wells in different provinces, costing 420 million afghanis.
Rural rehabilitation minister Nasir Ahmad Durrani said that the projects were funded by the national development budget with the financial cooperation of the Asian Development Bank, Kazakhstan.
“Some 230,000 people will benefit directly from the mentioned projects and will create 122,000 working days for local people,” Durrani said.
The ministry also signed five contracts with private firms at cost of 198 million Afghanis. These projects locate in Kabul, Kandahar, Jawzjan and Takhar provinces and will create 55,000 job opportunities.
The ministry of rural rehabilitation and development also signed 18 contacts of potable water with cost of 34 million Afghans with CDCs. these projects will be implemented in the provinces of Kabul, Daikundi, Balkh, Kandahar and Nangarhar and the 60000 families would access to the potable water.
“90 percent of the rural project would be complemented within next one year and 10 percent works will take more than one year,” said Durrani.