Pajhwok Afghan News

Reconstruct bumpy Uruzgan-Kandahar highway, govt urged

TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): Passengers and drivers on the Uruzgan-Kandahar highway on Monday demanded the government reconstruct the important road and put an end to their misery.

The 175km long Uruzgan-Kandahar highway has been in a state of disrepair for the past two decades and people are having difficulty travelling on it.

The construction of the road was started several times during the previous government but it was stopped due to insecurity and other problems. But now that the fighting has stopped, people are demanding the construction of the road as soon as possible.

Attaullah Afghan, a resident of Tirinkot, the capital of Uruzgan, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the road’s construction had been promised for years but never materialized.

He added corruption and insecurity during the previous government had prevented the construction of this important road.

He says he now hopes the Taliban-led government will prioritize construction of the road and end the suffering of people.

Shafiullah, a driver on the road, told Pajhwok Afghan News that traveling on the road was always fraught with difficulties and hardships, but in winter season the problems increase many times due to heavy rains which obstruct traffic.

“Most of the road is bad and bumpy and has deep ditches, there are a lot of places where we ask passengers to disembark and push the car,” he said.

Many other residents of Uruzgan also complained that the poor condition of the road has left the province behind in development process.

Officials also acknowledge that the Uruzgan-Kandahar road is in poor condition, causing serious problems for residents.

Maulvi Nizamuddin Nizami, director of public works in Uruzgan, told Pajhwok Afghan News that approval had been obtained from central authorities for construction of the road and they were looking for a budget.

He added for the time being, with the onset of winter, the government has started rehabilitating damaged parts of the road up to 50km.

He said that they were using their resources to repair the damaged areas of the road, adding that if the officials paid for fuel, they would be able to repair all the damaged areas up to Kandahar in a short time.

He assured the people of Uruzgan that the construction of the road would begin soon and the people would be able to travel safely.

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