ADB pledges $220 million for road projects in Afghanistan

KABUL: (MEP) – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has pledged $220 million for development projects in Afghanistan, officials in the ministry of finance of Afghanistan said.

Afghan finance minister, Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal said the amount will be spent for the construction Dara-e-Suf and Yakawlang highway.

The agreement for the provision of funds was signed between the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Afghan finance ministry on Saturday.

Zakhilwal said Dara-e-Suf and Yakawlang highway is having a length of 178 kilometers.

He said the funds will also be used for the preliminary works of Gardan Dewar-Cheghcharan highway and the other rings of the country.

Lack of highways and ring roads to interlink the main cities and provinces of Afghanistan has been one of the main challenges for the Afghan traders.

The issue still remains persistent despite continued efforts by the Afghan government and the international community. However, the construction of the new highways and ring roads are expected to reduce the issues of local traders and residents in the central provinces of Afghanistan.

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