Contracts worth 238 million afghanis for 9 road projects were signed on Sunday 07 August, 2016 between the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) 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 Deputy Minister for Administration and Finance of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development Eng. Atiqullah Khawasi briefly outlined the objectives of MRRD’s national programmes. Explaining MRRD’s budget expenditure, he said that the high budget [development budget] expenditure through the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development depends on wise management, sound workplace and transparency in affairs.
During the signing ceremony, Mr. Khawasi described the newly signed projects as follows: Construction of 15-m long reinforced concrete bridge in Qal-e-Zal district of Kunduz province. Construction of 16-m reinforced concrete bridge in Hajdi village of Nili district, Daikundi province. Construction of 15-m reinforced concrete bridge in Kalafgan district of Takhar province. Construction of 2.16 meters long concrete road in the provincial capital of Logar province. Gravelling of 10.5-km road in Shahrak district of Ghor province. Rehabilitation of 14.4-km road, construction of two [19 and 80 meters long] reinforce concrete bridges in Farkhar district of Takhar province. Rehabilitation of 8-km rural road along with other structures in khwaja Bahawddin district of Takhar province. Rehabilitation of 10.6-km road along with necessary structures in Bamyan province. In total, these projects encompass 144-m bridges and 69-km roads at a sum of AFN 238 million from the budget of the National Rural Access Program of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (NRAP/MRRD). Creating 54,466 labour days, nearly, 48213 rural residents will gain access to necessary facilities upon the completion of these projects. It is to be noted that since its inception the National Rural Access Program has implemented 5355-km road and 3910-m road projects throughout the nation. At the same time, maintenance of 3300-km road is currently in progress across the country.