Construction work has begun on two new roads in northern Afghanistan
Construction work on two new roads funded by the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) has begun, according to recent reports from Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN). One is A 75 kilometer road connecting Maimi and Shaghnan districts in northeastern Badakhshan province, and the other is a 45 kilometer road from Balamarghab district that reaches the Sang-i-Atash area within the Maqur district in Badghis province. Both roads will provide a better connection to their respective provincial capitals.
The Maimi-Shaghnan road will cost $15 million dollars and take two years to complete. It also includes two large bridges that will be built by five local reconstruction companies. When finished, the commuting from the districts to the provincial capital will take two days whereas the current route takes twelve days and passes through nine different districts. An official told PAN that the road will also connect Maimi residents with a bazaar on the border of Afghanistan and Turkmenistan.
The Balamarghab-Sang-i-Atash project is projected to cost the MRRD $2.36 million and will likely be completed within one year. This road will make a currently difficult commute much easier and all workers employed will be from the Balamarghab and Maqur districts.