Contracts worth more than 250 million afghanis for 188 public utility projects were signed on Monday 01 August, 2016 between the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD), Community Development Councils (CDCs) and local construction companies.
The signing ceremony was held at the conference hall of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development in the presence of media men, representatives of the construction companies and some MRRD staff.
Addressing those at the signing ceremony the Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development H.E. Eng. Nasir Ahmad Durrani said, ”Out of these projects, 40 encompass the construction of retaining walls, irrigation canals, water intake, road, aqueduct, bridge and culverts. The Regional Programmes of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development would implement these 40 projects through the Community Development Councils (CDCs) and local construction companies in the provinces of Kabul, Balkh, Baghlan, Badakhshan, Ghor, Logar, Kunduz, Takhar, Nangarhar, Panjshir, Laghman, Faryab, Kapisa and Jowzjan worth of AFN 179, 806,019. Creating 79,828 labour days, nearly, 202369 rural residents will gain access to necessary facilities upon the completion of these projects.”
On the other hand, the rest 148 projects would be implemented in water supply and clean drinking water sector which encompass:
- The excavation of 105 shallow wells in the provinces of Kabul, Ghazni, Parwan, Farah, Nangarhar, Laghman, Kunar and Jowzjan at a sum of AFN 20,400,255.
- Digging of six research wells in the provinces of Kapisa, Sar-I-Pul, Kandahar, Baghlan and Parwan worth of 5,357,885 Afs.
- Construction of 37 water supply networks in the provinces of Herat, Ghor, Farah, Bamyan, Paktia, Zabul, Nimroz, Samangan, Kabul and Parwan that would cost AFN 53,072,335 and training of 115 mechanics worth of 495,350 Afs.
The total budget for the projects in water supply sector reaches to AFN 79,748,354 which will be expensed by the Community Development Councils. As a result of these projects, 14,488 labour days would be created and 40,265 local people will gain access to better services and employment opportunities.
It is to be noted that the aforementioned projects would be completed and funded by the National Unity Government, UNICEF and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).