Ring Road Construction Restarts After Five Years

The construction of a ring road through western Badghis province has restarted after a five-year delay, government officials said Monday.

Ministry of Public Works officials said that the project worth $400 million is back on track despite the ongoing security concerns which stopped the construction in the first place.

Deputy Public Works Minister Noor Gul Mangal said that the local residents - as many as 2000 - will be hired as a local security forces to provide security for the project.

Most parts of the ring road were already complete but almost 213 kilometres between the Qaisar district of northern Faryab province and Badghis were still incomplete.

"Of the total budget, about $50 million will be used for security of the project," Mangal said.

Previously, Badghis' Deputy Governor Abdul Ghani Sabiri had said that neighboring intelligence agencies involving Afghan and Pakistani Taliban insurgents were preventing the construction of this project.

"Afghanistan's enemies are working to stop the project but I assure you that our security forces are capable of thwarting the insurgents' plans," he said in a telephone interview with TOLOnews.

Afghanistan's ring road is part of the 3360km main highway project connecting 16 provinces and major cities like Kabul, Mazar, Herat, Kandahar, Ghazni and Jalalabad.

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