Reconstruction of Dasht-e Shor Road in Mazar-e Sharif, Benefitting 134,000 People

Mazar-e Sharif, Balkh, 31th December 2017 – Yesterday, Officials of Balkh Province and the German Cooperation representative graced with their attendance the ground-breaking ceremony to mark the first day of construction of the two kilometres Dasht-e-Shor Road in Nahri Shahi District, Balkh. Reconstruction of the two kilometres road will take an estimated 23 months including the time for winter breaks and will provide indirect and direct employment to some residents. The German Government finances the reconstruction with approximately AFN 100 million.


The Director of the Balkh Department of Rural Rehabilitation and Development Eng. Abdul Basit Aini said “we are really grateful to the German Government for funding such projects and RIDF/KfW for always supporting us technically and we hope to have technical support of RIDF/KfW for future too. I also appreciate people of Dasht-e-Shor for having patience because of delaying the project activities as you know paperwork on a project from start to implementation phase takes time. RIDF/KfW is also training our engineers parallel to project implementation. ”

Dr. Afzal Hadid, Head of Balkh Provincial Council added “It is good news for the people of Dasht-e-Shor, they had a lot of problems, especially during winter. Everybody involved in this process did their best to begin the implementation of the project, now we witness starting the project and hope to accomplish it successfully so that it will last many years.”

Infrastructure is key to economic and urban development. Currently, more than 10,000 vehicles use Dasht-e-Shor road every day. The poor condition of the existing road and drainage system hinders traffic and causing inconvenience to people in the neighbourhoods. Once completed, the newly reconstructed road will provide a safe and smooth road surface to vehicles and increased mobility for people, goods and services. Further, an improved drainage system will eliminate flooding in the area.

In addition to funding the road’s reconstruction, the German-funded Regional Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) offers on-the-job training, coaching and mentoring activities to the engineers and managers at the Department of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (DRRD). These activities aim at developing their ability to design, construct and maintain urban roads.

The Regional Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) is implemented by KfW Development Bank on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The project aims at improving economic and social infrastructure in Northern Afghanistan while enabling provincial administrations to plan and implement development programmes independently in the future. For example, the program has funded about 160 kilometres of roads, 50 kilometres of irrigation canals and 11 protection dams against flooding or erosion since 2011. At the same time, the project has organised about 861 job-specific on-the-Job training, coaching and seminars for more than 4,400 people facilitating the independent realisation of future infrastructure projects

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