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Afghanistan’s major highways need repairs

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Afghanistan’s major highways need repairs

Kabul-Herat highwayThe Kabul-Herat highway, which is the biggest highway system in Afghanistan, has deteriorated just months after its renovation.

The highway was built 6 years ago and connects Kabul to southern Kandahar province and Kandahar to western Herat province.

Economic and engineering pundits have accused the Ministry of Public Works of failing to maintain the highway and said major highways in other countries do not need major repairs shortly after their renovation.

“Most of our highways face the same problem. This is an important highway, and if immediate measures are not taken, the government will not be able to reconstruct the highway,” said Nazir Ahmad Nejabi, a professor at the Kabul Polytechnic University.

Meanwhile, the Ministry said that the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) recently passed the maintenance responsibility of the highway to the Ministry without considering the lack of capacity of the Ministry to do so.

“We will include its maintenance in our plan next year,” said Najibullah Ozhan, the Ministry of Public Works.

Security of the highway has also been a concern among the commuters. Last month, several truck drivers staged demonstrations in Kabul city, calling on the government to address the security issue of the highway that has become the site of routine attacks by insurgents and Illegal Armed Groups (IAGs) against travelers and oil tankers.

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