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Residents want Dara-i-Sauf-Aibak road constructed

Residents want Dara-i-Sauf-Aibak road constructed

Aug 07, 2017 - 14:32

AIBAK (Pajhwok): Residents of Dara-i-Sauf district in northern Samangan provinces complain against the dilapidated condition of the road leading to Aibak, the provincial capital. They are forced to go to Aibak through Balkh province.

The district - divided into two Dara-i-Sauf Bala and Dara-iSauf Paeen -- is situated 120 kilometers from Aibak and its residents have to travel several extra miles to reach the provincial capital.

Locals say a 50-kilometre stretch of the 120-kilometre route was graveled four decades ago. There are no signs of a road having ever existed, as far as the remaining 70 kilometres are concerned.

Yaqub Ali Shah, a resident of Dara-i-Sauf Bala, says most people travel to Aibak through the Dara-i-Sauf-Mazar road, which is was asphalted and shortens the distance.

Due to the the terrible condition of the Dara-i-Sauf-Aibak road, he argues, people have to go to Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of Balkh province, covering a 117 kilometres distance, before travelling another 120 kilometres to reach Aibak.

He wants the government to pay immediate attention to resolving the issue. Yaqub claims the distance between the district and Aibak will shorten if the road is constructed.

Rafiullah, an inhabitant of Mosam locality, holds a similar view about the transportation system. He accuses the government of paying no attention to public welfare programmes.

Mohammad Pazeer Basij, a Provincial Council (PC) member, demands the construction of the road connecting Dar-i-Sauf with Aibak. This will be a huge facility for residents.

Currently 200 trucks carrying coal have to go to Mazar-i-Sharif, he confirms. If the Dara-i-Sauf-Aibak road is built, he says, the coal would be shifted to Aibak -- an economical benefit for Samangan.

Deputy Governor Ziauddin agrees the construction of Dara-i-Sauf-Aibak road is economically vital for Samangan and Afghanistaninfo-icon.

He promises the provincial administration will put the asphalting of the road on the priority list and the project has already been included in the development plan for 2017.


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