The reconstruction of parts of Kabul-Jalalabad Highway that were damaged by floods in recent years has been completed, the Ministry of Public Work said on Friday.
According to the MoPW, the project cost 25 million Afs and was completed in over one and a half years.
“The road was reconstructed with good quality. It starts from the Butkhak Roundabout (in Kabul) and ends at Hisark district of Jalalabad. The highway was damaged by the recent floods,” said Abdul Wali Mohammad, head of the transport department of the MoPW.
“At least 350 to 400 people have worked in this project, also 20 to 30 cars have conducted daily activities,” said Miro Gul, head of the contractor company.
The MoPW called on the residents of the country to pay serious attention in maintenance of the street.
“I want to tell the people that this highway is a national asset and its maintenance is not only the responsibility of the governmentt but it is also the responsibilit of the people and also the drivers who should avoid from overloading their trucks,” said Sadiqullah Rahimi, head of the department of construction of the MoPW.
This comes as many residents of the southern provinces have expressed concerns over severe conditions of the streets and said that it was one of the reasons for traffic accidents.
“The highway to Kandahar be also damaged, especially the areas of Durani and Qalat and that is why traffic accidents happen,” said Karimullah, a driver.
The Kabul-Jalalabad Highway connects Kabul with the eastern provinces and is considered as one of the main highways in the country.