SHIBERGHAN/FEROZKOH (Pajhwok): A clean drinking water scheme, an irrigation project and asphalting of a five-kilometre road have been completed in Jawzjan and Ghor provinces, officials said on Thursday.
The road connects Khwaja Dokoh district of northern Jawzjan with the Shiberghan-Andkhoi highway.
Jawzjan Public Works Director Attaullah Kargar said the road was asphalted at a cost of 47 million afghanis provided by the Ministry of Public Works. He said more than 30,000 people would benefit from the project.
Kargar told Pajhwok Afghan News the road had not been graveled earlier and residents of the Khwaja Dokoh district had to face many problems.
Muhammad Mansoor, a resident, said passenger vehicles rarely plied the road due to its rundown condition and only heavy vehicles could commute on it.
He said earlier vehicles traversed the route in 70 minutes, but now it took them only 25 minutes.
Mansoor said transport fare had decreased from 70afs to 50afs after the asphalting work that enabled residents to take their patients and agricultural products to the provincial capital with ease.
In western Ghor province, irrigation projects in Ferozkoh, the provincial capital, and Lal wa Sarjangal district have been completed, benefiting more than 700 families.
The projects include nine wells, two tankers each having the capacity for 70 cubic metres (70,000 litres), two clean drinking water networks extended through dozens of pipes.
Provincial Rural Rehabilitation and Development Director Taj Muhammad Zalal said the projects accounted for more than 5.5 million afghanis, with residents contributing 10 percent to the total cost.