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51 reconstruction projects executed in Kandahar

KANDAHAR CITY, July 5 (PAN): A Rural Rehabilitation and Development (RRD) official said on Saturday that more than 51 reconstruction projects had been completed in various districts of the southern Kandahar.

In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, Eng. Abdul Mutalib Ashna said 33 of the development schemes were completed under the National Solidarity Programme (NSP) in three months. The remaining 18 were implemented by RRDs southern zone office in six months.

He added a variety of plans --- supportive walls, small bridges, roads, piped water supply, sewing courses for women and meeting halls for area people --- were executed in accordance with demand of residents.

Of the 33 projects implemented under NSP, nine projects were done in Arghandab, one in Spin Boldak, one in Daman, nine in Dand, four in Khakrez, two in Maiwand, four in Shaga and three in Zherai districts.

Ashna explained the projects under NSP accounted for about US$16 million granted by the Japanese government, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the World Bank.

Thousands of people were provided job opportunities as part of the projects which would benefit more than 200,000 families, Ashna continued. Five uplift schemes were completed in Daman, as many in Dand, two in Shah Walikot, one in Takhta Pul, three in Arghandab, and one in Kandahar City.