KUNDUC CITY (Pajhwok): Provincial council members, local officials and residents of northern Kunduz province say the repairing of Sardawar Road by the contractor concerned was started after a Pajhwok Afghan News report and that the project would be soon inaugurated.
About two weeks back, Pajhwok in a report supported by documents and interviewing local people and officials stated that the road has partially damaged before its inauguration.
Asphalting of the 5.6 kilometers Sardawra Road cost $148 million afghanis under the National Road Construction Program of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) with technical support from two contracted companies.
SaifuRahman Mehrabi, the road project manager, said the road during its construction got damaged due to arrival of winter and unpredicted cold weather. However, he said the damage was repaired immediately at that time.
He said that the contracted company had finished repairing the damages and the project would be inaugurated in the near future.
“The company asphalted Abdul Raziq Square, planted trees in roadside pots and completed a third layer of asphalting from its own fund so it would be a good service to the people of Kunduz,” he added.
Mehrabi also shared two documents with Pajhwok that showed approval of the quality of the road construction by teams of National Rural Access Program (NRAP) of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD).
He acknowledged problems in some parts of the road and said that the company was responsible to repair them before its inauguration.
Eng. Abdul JabbarOmarzada, in charge of NRAP for the northeastern zone, said that the project was well implemented and it would be inaugurated in the near future.
This road is 5.7 kilometers long and nine meters wide which also includes walkways, solar based lights and drainages, he added.
He rejected claims about low quality of the project and said that only a limited area of the road was damaged during cold winter but the area had been repaired.
On the other hand, AmruddinWali, a provincial council member of Kunduz, said that the contracted company added a third layer of asphalting to the road after Pajhwok report.
Bayer, a resident of Kunduz city said, “The quality of the road was low at the beginning, now they added a third layer to it, its quality improved and work on it is still under way, it is a good news for people.”
Eng. Zaman, programs manager of MRRD for Kunduz province, said that their assessment and complaints of people also showed that the road was implemented with poor quality.
He said that the company added a third layer of asphalting as a repair to the previous damages of the road.