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Uplift projects to be launched in 10 provinces

AT-KABUL: Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) on Tuesday signed contracts with private companies to implement 15 development projects in different provinces across the country.

Minister of MoRRD Nasir Ahmad Durani said that uplift schemes include 10 National Rural Access Programs (NRAP) projects and construction of five water supply networks.

Speaking at the signing ceremony here on Tuesday, Durani said that the NRAP projects included gravelling and construction of 95km rural roads in Kabul, Urzgan, Ghazni, Faryab, Balkh, Paktia, Takhar and Khost provinces at a total cost of $5 million, funded by World Bank.

He said that implementation of the projects will 165,000 people in rural areas access to local markets, education and healthcare facilities.

“The water supply networks will be constructed in Ghor, Balkh, Baghlan and Samangan provinces at the total cost of Afs37 million (Over $600,000) provided by Asian Development Bank (ADB),” the minister added.

He said that the projects would be completed within 12 months.

He urged construction firms to implement the projects in accordance to conditions specified in contract, otherwise they will face legal action.

Durani said that he would exert his utmost efforts to fight corruption and bring transparency in implementation of uplift projects.

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