KABUL (TOLONews): President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday inaugurated the start of the second phase of the National North-South Corridor which will cut through more than 37 villages and connect Dare-e-Suf district in northern Samangan province to Yakawlang district in neighboring Bamiyan province.
The second phase of the corridor is 178 kilometers long, said Mahmoud Baligh, acting minster of public works. Addressing the event in Bamiyan, Ghani said the project is the key towards “balanced development” in Afghanistan. Ghani said the implementation of the project will improve Bamiyan’s economy.
“This project will not only open the arteries of Bamiyan but it will turn Bamiyan into Afghanistan’s heart and government is committed to balanced development,” he said.
At the same time, Ghani introduced Murad Ali Murad, the deputy chief of army staff, as the new senior deputy minister of interior for security. “I want to give you the good news that Gen. Murad Ali Murad will work as the senior deputy minister of interior for security of Afghanistan,” he said.
At the same event, Bamiyan governor Tahir Zaheer said the road project will extend Bamiyan’s trade relations with other parts of the country. “The people of the country want you (the president) to continue the construction of the National North-South Corridor,” he said.
Ghani meanwhile also said the power project for the province will kick off in the near future, a subject that was reiterated by Second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danish. “Practical work on the transfer power line, with a capacity of 220 kilowatts, will kick off within the next month and currently development projects are ongoing in different aspects,” said Danish.
“Bamiyan will be turned into the country’s transit hub after the implementation of the development projects,” said Mahmoud Baligh, acting minster of public works. The contract for the second phase of the project was signed between the Ministry of Public Works and a Chinese firm in January.
The first phase of the corridor which connects northern Mazar-e-Sharif city to Yakawlang has already been completed, and the ministry of public works is currently in the process of planning and surveying the third phase of the corridor, a 550-km road, which will connect Bamiyan to the southern Kandahar province.