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Kabul Municipality to build over 160km of roads: Mayor

AT-KABUL: Kabul Municipality is going to build more than 160 kilometers of roads in the capital, said the acting mayor.

Abdul Ahad Wahid was addressing the inauguration ceremony of a road construction project in Kart-e-Parwan area of Kabul City on Thursday. The President’s special representative on reforms good governance Ahmad Zia Masood was also present on the occasion.

The five kilometer long road in Kart-e-Parwan is going to be built at a total cost of $1.2 million, provided by Japan. As many as 5,800 people would benefit from the project, the mayor said.

The project would be completed within next 11 months. Construction of footpaths and installation of grills alongside the road is part of the project, he added.

The mayor said, the project is a continuation of a city development program called KARB which would cost $110 million, provided by the international friends of the government. Under the same project 84 kilometers of roads would be built, and 26,000 would get jobs.

He said the roads (160 kilometer) construction projects in the capital city would be funded by the international partners and the government. The World Bank and Japan are key international partners. The two partners have provided total $209 million.

Ahmad Zia Masood assured that the road would be of high quality. Absence of proper canalization system was pointed out as a major challenge by the president’s envoy. He said that as feasibility report is in progress to have a standard canalization system in the capital.

Only 38 to 40 percent of Kabul City residents receive 40 liters of potable water per day. Each house need 120 liters of water.

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