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Five roads in Kunduz city rehabilitated with German funds

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Five roads in Kunduz city rehabilitated with German funds

German-funded Regional Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) rehabilitated 5 roads inside Kunduz city.

The roads were handed over to the local government at ceremony in Kunduz city on Sunday.

Together with Afghan partners the RIDF reconstructed Balahesar road, Jadeh Azadi road, Khawjah Mashad road, Spinzar Hospital road and Pedagogy road.

The rehabilitation and improvement of the five Kunduz roads was requested by the provincial administration through the Governors’ Office and the Provincial Development Committee (PDC).

Before the rehabilitation work these roads were poorly graveled and were subject to frequent floods and were unable to bear significant load of traffic.

All roads are now asphalted, have side drains, footpaths and culverts, road signs and proper road markings. These major transit roads are safe and quick enough to bear the significant load of trucks and private vehicles traffic. For users’ safety, speed brakes and covering grids on the side drains have been installed.

Balahesar Road and Jadeh Azadi Road now serve as part of the major ring and transit road to allow heavy traffic and trucks to bypass the centre of Kunduz City helping to decrease traffic and vehicle pollution in the city centre.

It also allows easier access to markets and services for people traveling from North (Imam Sahib) to southeast (Khanabad and Taloqan) and south (Kabul).

Khawjah Mashad Road, Spinzar Hospital Road and Pedagogy Road are now connecting the southeast and south-west areas of Kunduz City. Dust and vehicle pollution are greatly decreased for the well-being of the residents.

Addressing the handover ceremony, the German Development Commissioner in Afghanistan, Dr Martin Schuldes, said “the completion of the project is another instance illustrating that progress is happening in Afghanistan,” adding that “new infrastructure like the five city roads can help boost the local economy and improve living conditions of the people.”

Schuldes also emphasized that the Afghan government will have to take the lead in safeguarding the proper operation and maintenance of infrastructure investments like the five city roads in Kunduz.

The construction work was contracted to the Afghan Joint Venture Credible Construction Company and Daftani Construction and Engineering Company.

The survey and design works of the roads kicked off in May 2012. The work was completed in December 2014 under the supervision of Kunduz municipality engineers and RIDF engineers.

The project was financed through the financial assistance of the German government with a cost of more than 6.5 million Euro (around 4 billion AFN). The project directly benefits 250,000 inhabitants of Kunduz city and up to one million inhabitants in Kunduz province.

As the majority of Northern Afghanistan people still do not have access to priority infrastructure and social services like roads and bridges, flood protection and irrigation, proper energy supply, water and schools, the German government agreed with the Afghan government to fund the flexible and open program RIDF through the KfW Development Bank.

The objectives of the RIDF are to improve the economic and social infrastructure in the five provinces of Badakhshan, Baghlan, Balkh, Kunduz and Takhar and to strengthen the ability of the local administration to plan and implement infrastructure projects through provision of on-the-job trainings.

RIDF is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through KfW Development Bank in partnership with the Afghan Ministries of Finance, Economy, Energy and Water, Rural Rehabilitation and Development, Education, Public Works and various provincial institutions.

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