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72 reconstruction plans on the anvil in Kandahar

Kandahar City, July 30, 2007 (Pajhwok Afghan News): The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development is going to launch 72 reconstruction plans in the southern zone.

The announcement was made by Muhammad Ihsan Zia, Minister for Rural Rehabilitation and Development, here on Monday.

Talking to journalists, the minister said over $2.5 million had been allocated for the new projects.

He said the projects would be implemented through private construction companies in coordination with the local councils in the coming six months.

Of those, 63 projects would be launched in Kandahar, three in Uruzgan and six in Zabol province.

He said the welfare projects included construction of supportive walls, mosques, schools, roads and provision of clean drinking water.

Projects in north

Construction work on an 11-kilometre road was launched in the northern province of Samangan.

The road project, connecting the provincial capital of Aibak with the Khuram district, will be completed at the cost $90,000.

Engineer Zia Humayun, director of the public welfare department, told Pajhwok Afghan News the project, financed by the Ministry of Public Welfare, would be accomplished in three months.

Separately, two power substations were inaugurated in Shirin Tagab and Khwaja Sabzposh districts of the northern Faryab province.

Besides others, the ceremony was also attended by Minister for Water and Energy Muhammad Ismail Khan.

Addressing the inauguration ceremony, the minister said the two substations would benefit 1,500 families in the two districts.

The minister said that power stations were completed at the cost of $9.5 million provided by the government of India.

A primary school was constructed by PRT in Nahr-i-Shahi district of Balkh province. More than 600 girls and boys are likely to be enrolled in the newly-constructed school.

Muhammad Zahir Penhan, director of education department, said the one-storey building had six classrooms. He said it was completed at the cost of $70,000.

Building for education department

In the central province of Parwan, foundation stone of a new building for the education department was laid on Monday.

Director of the education department Saame Azizi told Pajhwok work on the building would be completed at the cost of $100,000. The amount was provided by the World Bank (WB), he informed.

Projects in Nangarhar, Kunar

Two reconstruction projects were inaugurated while others were completed in the eastern provinces of Nangarhar and Kunar.

Muhammad Ajmal, secretary to Kunar governor, told Pajhwok Afghan News foundation stone of a health clinic was laid in Asmar district. He said the clinic would be completed at the cost of $143,000 provided by the Ministry of Public Health.

In the eastern province of Nangarhar, a water canal was completed in Behsud district. Eng. Ahmad Wali Hakimi, director of rural rehabilitation and development department, said the one-kilometre long canal was dug up in three months at the cost of two million afghanis.