Bridge, irrigation projects launched in Kunar
By Khan Wali Salarzai & Moeed Hashmi
ASADABAD, Jan 16 (Pajhwok Afghan News): Work on constructing a bridge and digging a canal, costing $355, 000 provided by the European Union and USAID, got under way in Ghaziabad district of the eastern Kunar province on Wednesday, an official said.
Governor Syed Fazlullah Waheedi told Pajhwok Afghan News the bridge would be built on the Kunar River in Kasa Gul area of the district. Four metres wide and 65 metres long, the $155, 000 link will be constructed in five months.
Meanwhile, work on 7.5 kilometers canal was initiated in the same district, said Irrigation Department Director Rashidullah, who added the USAID-funded canal would irrigate 1500 acres of land and benefit 1,250 families.
Local elder Haji Amir Zaman hoped the project would save his crops from floodwaters that previously washed away cropped lands.
In other news, two reconstruction projects were executed under the National Solidarity Programme (NSP) in Danishabad and Haji Qala areas of the Laghman province. NSP chief Eng. Humayun Akseer said the schemes were completed at a cost of three million afghanis.