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Mega project: Survey for $50m Paktia ring road launched

Mega project: Survey for $50m Paktia ring road launched

Nov 06, 2017 - 13:48

GARDEZ (Pajhwok): A survey has been launched for the long-delayed Gardez ring road, a project that will cost $50 million, officials said on Monday.

Paktia Governor Shamim Khan Katawazi told a meeting the road -- the biggest project in the history of the province -- had a length of 43 kilometres and width of 40 metres at some points and 60 metres at others.

He said the scheme, which is estimated to cost $50 million, was being funded by the Ministry of Public Works. He urged the people to cooperate with the authorities on implementation of the project.

The people whose houses, gardens or other structures were affected by the project would be compensated in accordance with the relevant rules, he promised.

“Some people’s houses, trees and gardens may be affected. But we will help them and the people should cooperate with us because the project is beneficial for all of them,” he remarked.

Public Works Director Abdullah Durrani promised the four-lane ring road would be built to modern standards. Special attention would be paid to its quality, he said.

“The ring road will have parking facility, sidewalks, trees, lights and others things. Four teams have come from the ministry for the survey, which will be completed in 45 days. Construction work will begin after designing,” Durrani said.

Gardez Mayor Asmatullah Khalid hailed the project as fruitful for the progress and economic development of the province.

Heavy vehicles from Paktia, Paktika, Khost and Ghazni provinces would be diverted to the road and the traffic muddle in Gardez thus controlled, he said.

Pakita’s provincial council members and social activists also expressed happiness over the launch of the survey, stressing the ring road should be built to high standards.