H.E. Eng. Nasir Ahmad Durrani, the Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) today signed 122 public utility project contracts with representatives of Community Development Councils and private construction companies.
Out of these contracted projects 90 include retaining walls, canal, water-intake, rural road and bride; the rest 32 projects will be implemented in water supply sector. These projects will be implemented at a sum of AFN 434 million.
Addressing those at the signing ceremony Minister Nasir Ahmad Durrani said, “Of course, out of these projects 90 will be implemented through the Regional Programmes of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (RP/MRRD) worth of AFN 374 million, funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in the provinces of Balkh, Baghlan, Badakhshan, Ghor, Parwan, Bamyan, Takhar, Paktia, Faryab, Jowzjan, Kunduz, Nangarhar, Samangan, Kunar and Sar-I-Pul. Approximately 197,640 labour days will be created for local people during the implementation of these projects. Nearly, 254,520 rural residents will gain access to many facilities upon the completion of these projects.”
As always the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development will implement the rest 32 projects in the areas of water supply networks and excavation of shallow and deep safe drinking water wells along with the installation of hand pumps. These projects will be implemented at a cost of more than 60 million Afs – funded by the Ministry of Finance, UNICEF and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). These projects will be completed and handed-over by the Rural Water Supply, Sanitation and Irrigation Program of the MRRD in eleven provinces, namely Khost, Bamyan, Paktia, Kabul, Baghlan, Daykundi, Faryab, Takhar, Samangan, Parwan and Helmand. Almost 54,640 labour days will be created for local people during the implementation and 6536 rural households will gain access to safe drinking water upon the completion of the projects.
At the same time, the MRRD Minister emphasised to the implementers the importance of paying attention to the quality and period. He also asked them to spare no efforts for the renovation and rehabilitation of rural communities.