The contracts for 70 development projects of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development were signed today between H.E. Minister Durrani, Community Development Councils (CDCs) and representatives of private construction companies.
Addressing those at the signing ceremony the Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development H.E. Eng. Nasir Ahmad Durrani said, “Out of these projects, 47 projects including retaining walls, irrigation canal, water-intake, road, bridge, culvert and aqueduct will be implemented in the provinces of Kabul, Balkh, Baghlan, Badakhshan, Ghor, Logar, Bamyan, Nangarhar and Samangan through the Regional Programmes of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (RP/MRRD) worth of AFN 190 million.”
These projects will be completed with the financial support of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Upon completion of these projects, 173,019 rural people will gain access to various facilities. Approximately 66,927 labour days will be created for local people during the implementation of these projects.
“The five other projects will be implemented at a sum of more than AFN 108 million through the National Rural Access Program of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (NRAP/MRRD). These projects encompass the construction of a concrete bridge 23-m in length in Arghandab district of Kandahar province, asphalting of 5-km road in Paghman district of Kabul, rehabilitation of bridge and rural road in Jowzjan, road project in Bagrami district of capital Kabul and gravelling of rural road in Takhar province.” H.E. Minister Nasir Ahmad Durrani added.
The Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development also asserted that the rest 18 projects will be implemented in water supply sector. These projects encompass water supply networks and excavation of clean drinking water wells. The projects will be implemented in the provinces of Kunar, Nangarhar, Daykundi, Kandahar and Bagrami district of Kabul province. Upon completion of these projects rural people will have improved access to related facilities.
At the end of the signing ceremony Minister Durrani asked the contractors to pay attention in projects’ implementation and ensure their sustainability into the future.