Kapisa residents build 100-km road at own expense
MAHMOOD RAQI (Pajhwok): Residents of Alasai district in central Kapisa province have constructed a 100-kilometer long road at their own expense and resources, an official said on Sunday.
Alasai district chief, Ghulam Naqashband Sapai, said the road between Tagab and Alasai districts had been constructed by the government, but people had to face problems going to other areas due to the lack of road.
He told Pajhwok Afghan News residents from various areas had recently constructed a 100-kilometre road from the district centre to other areas at their own expense.
He said unpaved roads to Jafarkhel, Sultankhel and Ockrachi areas were connected to the new road from the district bazaar. “The road is a ring road type.”
Sapai said locals had also worked themselves in the road construction and each home contributed 2,000 afghanis each to the project.
A total of four million afghanis were collected and used in constructing culverts on the road and leveling the surface.
A resident of Alasai district centre, Malak Shagha, said earlier there were no roads to some villages and people like the Stone Aged would transfer their goods from the bazaar on horses and camels.
He said people faced problems in shifting their patients to hospital due to the lack of roads and many times patients had died on the way to hospital.
Shagha said now people could easily reach the bazaar using the newly constructed road that linked sub-streets and other routes.
A resident of Sultankhel, Khalil, said the plan for constructing road and sub-tracks had been suggested by tribal elders and for that permission had been sought from the government and insurgents.
“But the main issue is during the spring season the Alasai River’s water increases and if a big bridge isn’t constructed over it, then people will face serious problems.”
Residents of Alasai said if the government launched reconstruction works in their district, they were ready for any kind of support and assistance.
However, officials at the provincial Rural Rehabilitation and Development Department said no rehabilitation works could be carried out in the province during the past five years.
The department’s head, Hayatullah Farhang, said they executed projects only in secure areas. According to him, there were many issues engineers faced in surveying and monitoring and travelling to insecure districts. He said projects couldn’t be implemented in a transparent manner in volatile areas.
However, the Alasai district chief assured they could ensure security for projects with the help of locals.
Alasai district is located southeast of Mahmud Raqi, the provincial capital, and there have been many security issues in the province since long.
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