By: Sukira Kohistani
KABUL: The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) has said that dozens of water management and road construction projects, worth nearly $1.5 billion, have been launched in 23 of the country 34 provinces.
Mujiburrahman Karimi, Acting Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development has signed the total 94 projects, in coordination with the rural development councils.
“Up to 104 million Afs, from the total cost of the projects will be paid by the villagers”, Karimi said adding over 205,000 people would benefit from the projects after completion.
The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development with 23 billion Afs development budget, has more than 13,500 projects, half of them are last year’s transitional, to run this year.
The projects will be implemented within the area solidarity program dedicated to constructions of road, drinking water and irrigations.
Abdul Fatah, Chief of Farza District Development Council said that there was a need for the construction of bridge, as children have to cross the sea on their way to and from school and by construction of the bridge, their problem will be solved.
“The National Table-Cloth (locally known as Dastar Khan-e-Millie, providing food item nationwide), which has been rejected by the house of people and is not included in this fiscal year’s budget, will also be implemented by the ministry,” said the minister, adding aid packages have so far been distributed to 560,000 families.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan’s National Water Management Authority says that construction of Shah/Aros dam has been completed by 99% and will soon be put into operation.
Nezamuddin Khplwak, the spokesman of the Water Management Authority told media that the dam located in Shakar Dara district of Kabul province, has the capacity of 9 million cubic meters water and will produce 2.1 megawatt electricity.
Also, 2700 hectares of land will be irrigated from the dam, of which 4 million cubic meters will provide drinking water to the people of Kabul, and another 5 million cubic meters will be used for irrigation of lands and to generate power energy. The dam’s construction worth $ 52 million is paid by the government budget.