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US PRT grants $3.5m for reconstruction of Salang Highway

Charikar, July 29, 2007 (Pajhwok Afghan News): A US Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) based in Bagram has allocated $3.5 million for the reconstruction of the Salang Highway, linking Kabul to 11 northern provinces.

Parwan Governor Abdul Jabar Taqwa told Pajhwok Afghan News on Sunday the reconstruction of the key road - damaged by flash floods and torrential rains in April - would begin in three weeks from now. He promised the project would be completed in three month before the commencement of snowfall.

Sayed Muhammad Younus Zajafizada, provincial public work departments head, said a stretch of the road - from Qalatak to Tajikan area of Salang district - would be asphalted. Supportive walls would also be established along the road to keep it from being washed away by floods in the future.

The director added the Public Work Ministry had listed as a top priority the rebuilding of the Salang Highway, a vital north-south link that had to be fixed before the onset of the winter.

In Kabul, construction work was launched on a women’s mosque next to the Hazrat Muhammad Mustafa Masjid in Macro Ryan neighbourhood. The project has a three-month timescale.

Qari Muhammad Ihsan Saqil, prayer leader at the Hazrat Muhammad Mustafa Masjid, said the under-construction worship place was being co-financed by the Haj Ministry and local residents. The mosque, with capacity for about 200 females, is being erected over 200 square metres of land.