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Ring-roads effective in Afghanistan
 The ministry of public works has reported that ring-roads can create many facilities to people. 
The spokesperson to the ministry, Rouhani Mahdawi told The Kabul Times that recently the government of Afghanistan has signed an agreement on construction of ring-road in Kabul.
Kabul’s ring road would length 95km and estimated to worth $110mln. The project would be completed in five years.
Construction of the ring road would improve transit and decrease traffic in the capital Kabul.
 The ring road would directly connect Kabul to Kandahar, Jalalabad, Mazar and many other provinces’ highways.
Totally, Afghanistan’s ring roads are 2800km which connects Afghanistan’s four sides with each other, Mahdawi further said. 
He asked the people to take care of roads that are their national investment, adding unfortunately, roadside mines and commuting high-tonnage trucks on roads are the reasons resulting in their destruction.
It is worth mentioning that construction of Qaisar-Laman ring road would pave the ground for employment of thousands of people and reduction of seven-hour long road to one and half an hour.
The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has provided USD 74mn in soft loan for the construction of Kabul Ring Road (KRR) and other related infrastructure.
An agreement to that effect was signed between the national economic council, led by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, and the IDB.
 “The total project costs up to USD 110mn. The Afghan government will pay USD 34.28mn,” finance minister Hakimi said.
The loan will be invested in the first phase of Kabul’s ring road to start from Maidan Shahr city, the capital city of Maidan Wardak province, and end in Logar province.
The 95km ring road will be completed over a period of five years.
According to IDB officials, IDB plans to launch an Islamic Loans Project which will enable entrepreneurs and farmers to have access to Islamic loan packages.
In addition, the IDB will also provide funding for the solar project in Naghlo.
 “The first phase of the solar power project will produce 30MW of electricity and then in the future the project will produce 100MW of power,” said Ali Aqa, IDB deputy head.
Shukria Kohistani