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Governor Thanks Donors for Winter Road Maintenance
Local leaders at the ribon cutting of the new government office building in Bamyan Province applauded successful winter maintenance of the Bamyan-Dushi Road.
Local leaders at the ribon cutting of the new government office building in Bamyan Province applauded successful winter maintenance of the Bamyan-Dushi Road.
In many areas of Afghanistan, the roads in winter are almost impassable. On April 6, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new District Governor’s Office Building in the Shibar District of Bamyan Province, Afghan leaders took the occasion to applaud the USAID-sponsored winter maintenance program of 2010 that kept the road from Bamyan to Dushi open and cut travel time between the cities by six hours.

USAID's Afghanistan Infrastructure and Rehabilitiation Program hired a local Afghan contractor to perform snow removal and grading work in order to smooth the rough, bumpy road during the winter months. In addition, 14 extra kilometers were added to the winter maintenance program at the request of the provincial government, allowing easier entry into Bamyan City. The maintenance prevented further erosion and helped to set the stage for the redesign and reconstruction of the 164 kilometer road in the coming year.

Gifts, anthems, and speeches indicated the warm feelings of the local population toward the improvements to their region. At the conclusion of the ceremony, the governor of Bamyan Province made clear that such projects will bring changes. “This important project will boost economic activities as well as help the people who live along the road,” she said. “I would like to thank all donors and companies who responded to our request to do this for us.”

 

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