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PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - With a snip of the scissors, provincial leaders in Paktya ushered in the latest project to bring convenience and commerce to their people, April 1, in Gardez city of the province.
The Gardez to Ghazni road, or G2 road as it’s commonly called, will run 93 kilometers and will officially be named National Highway 10. A commute between the two cities is currently a three to four-hour affair. However, after the road is completed, the trek should take one and a half hours. . It will run through the densely populated district of Zormat, and is expected to encourage growth along its path.
“This road project will have good security effects, social effects, economic effects, cultural effects, and other benefits for the people of Paktya,” said Engineer Abdullah Durani, the Paktya director of Public Works. “It will give prosperity and beauty to Paktya.”
The road project is in two halves, contracted out to two different construction companies. One builder will begin in Ghazni, while the other will start in Gardez City. Each will build approximately half of the total 93 kilometers, and will meet in the town of Kolalgu at the market there.
Abdul Haki Rakim, project manager, thanked U.S. Agency for International Development, International Security Assistance Forces and the Provincial Reconstruction Team for coordinating and funding the project, and called up on the people living near the road to help in the endeavor.
“We need the help of the Paktya people; people who are living near the road or have homes beside the road. They have to help us as much as they can, to protect the workers and the road,” Rakim said.
The contractor will employ local workers from the Zormat district to build the road, which will immediately bring revenue into the area. The construction is expected to last about eighteen months, when completed the road project will encompass two big bridges and 170 small bridges along the way.
“The road is important for peace,” said Paktya governor Juma Khan Hamdard. “If there is no road, there will be no peace, no development, no problem –solving, no education; the road is very important in every aspect of human life.”
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