Ring Road timeline faces security and budget issues
President Ashraf Ghani issued a directive earlier this week to complete the ring road project in the enxt nine months. He promised to clear all hurdles impeding work on this mega project that connects major cities of Afghanistan.
Deputy Minister of Public Works, Ahmad Shah Wahid, cited security and the budget as the main challenges in meeting the project’s timeline.
Meanwhile, a number of analysts urged the Ministry to recruit professional engineers in order to be able to complete the project in nine months.
Work on the project had stopped after the contractor escaped from Afghanistan with USD 107mn without completing the project. Officials in the Ministry have said the American-Turkish firm was awarded the construction of 237 kilometer ring road from western Herat province to northern Faryab.
Afghanistan’s ring road is part of the 3360km main highway project connecting 16 provinces and major cities like Kabul, Mazar, Herat, Kandahar, Ghazni and Jalalabad.
The ring road is the building block of Afghanistan’s economy, as it provides the shortest distance for transportation in the country.
President Hamid Karzai and his former French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy signed a pact in Paris last year, where the French
If Afghan government fails to tackle corruption and to spend the financial aid allocated to the implementation of intended projects,