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First-ever metro bus project launched in Kabul

First-ever metro bus project launched in Kabul

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Jun 15, 2017 - 16:00

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Kabul Municipality on Thursday announced launching work on the first-ever metro bus project in the capital, a scheme that would take one year to complete.

While signing contracts for 16 road construction projects in Kabul, Mayor Abdullah Habibzai told a press conference the launch of the metro bus project was a matter of pleasure.

He said the first metro line with four kilometres length and 60 meters width would start from the Parwan Soyem Square and extend to Sara-i-Shamali Square.

“This is good news for Kabul residents and we would witness the first metro bus running in early 1397. We plan to work on similar projects in other parts of Kabul later this year.

“We will have 111 kilometres of metro bus lines in the capital three years,” he said.

The construction of the 111 kilometers metro bus road would cost $15 million to be paid by the municipality. A contract for the construction of a 285 kilometres road in Kabul was also signed today.

“Another project for asphalting a 90 kilometers road is also in the procurement plan. In total, 375 kilometres of roads would be constructed this year under the two projects,” the mayor said.

Habibzai said the road projects would be implemented in 15th, 16th, 22nd, 12th, 11th, 13th, 17th, 9th, 8th, 4th, 5th, 10th and 7th police districts.

He did not provide information about the total cost of the 16 projects, but said the municipality’s plans for the current year included graveling roads, brick-lining streets, building a surface water system, parks and providing other services that would cost $113 million.

He called building recreational parks in Kabul as a top priority for the municipality, saying six of such parks would be built in the capital this year.

Vice-President Sarwar Danish, who also participated in the meeting, hailed the acting mayor as an honest and professional person. He hoped Habibzai would become a permanent mayor in near future. He asked for the appointment of mayors based on elections.

Danish expressed concern at the lack of school buildings, clinics, parks and standard roads in some parts of Kabul. He asked the municipality to resolve the problems in coordination with other relevant organs.

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