|General Management and Administration|
|Advisor to the Secretariat of the Inter-Ministerial Commission for Energy|
|Roads Operations and Maintenance / Capacity Building|
|Reactive Power Compensation for North East Power System (NEPS)|
|National Load Control Center|
|General Services - IRP Quick Response II|
|Kandahar Commercialization Advisory|
|Diesel Thermal Power Plant Operations and Maintenance|
|Bamyan-Dushi Road Design|
|Design and Construction of Regak Bridge in Oruzgan Province|
|Initial Construction of Bamyan-Dushi Road|
|Tarakhil Power Plant Operations and Maintenance|
|Reconstruction of the Keshim-Faizabad Road|
|Kajaki Dam Auxilliary Infrastructure and Supporting Services|
|General Services - Quick Response for IRP I|
|The Afghanistan Energy and Information Center|
|Road from Kajakai Dam to Ring Road|
|Ghazni to Gardez Road Design|
|Import of Power from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan|
|Strategic Provincial Roads in South and East Afghanistan|
|500/220 kV Substation for the North East Power System|
|Southern Strategy Road - Segment A|
|500 kV Transmission Line Design for North East Power System|
Background. The Ministry of Public Works (MPW) has categorized the Bamyan-Dushi Road as a national highway. Due to its strategic importance in providing an alternate route for travel between the north and central provinces of Afghanistan, a high level of service is required. The current road permits traffic to avoid the Salang tunnel, which subjects all north- and south-bound traffic to considerable time delays during the winter months even under the best of conditions.
However, the Bamyan-Dushi road in its present condition is virtually impassable during the winter months, and even during summer is a very slow and arduous detour. Design and construction of an asphaltic concrete paved road is required in order to permit year-round use of this road as an alternative to the Salang Pass.
Status. Contracts have been issued to two Afghan contractors for the initial construction; mobilization of personnel and equipment is underway. Subcontractors have begun initial construction activities, and two contracts have been issued to local companies to construct the water well and to demine the camp area and access road. Mobilization boy both companies is underway. Design of the camp is completed and a third local contract was awarded to construct and grade the access road. A subcontract has been issued for the Capacity Building Training Program which will train approximately 320 local citizens in construction procedures in advance of the construction scheduled to begin in Spring 2011.
Anticipated Impact. Preconstruction activities undertaken through this project will facilitate an immediate start–up of construction activities on the Bamyan to Dushi Road upon construction subcontract award.
When completed, the upgraded Bamyan-Dushi road will provide a year round alternative route to the Salang Pass, as well as increase security by reducing the time to respond to local, regional, or national incidents. It will also facilitate access to social services and provide new regional trade and economic development opportunities including agriculture and mining.
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