A New Bridge in Garam Sair District Brings People Closer to Schools and Markets

UNDP Afghanistan: This new bridge helps farmers ship produce to market in less time.

In the past, families in the Kharoti area of Garam Sair district had to cross a worn-out suspension bridge over a drainage canal or face a long trip by road to reach school, health facilities and markets.

The situation has recently changed after the construction of a reinforced bridge, supported by the National Area Based Development Programme and funded by Japan. 

Highlights

  • More than 11,000 residents as well as vehicles and animals from seven villages of the Kharoti area to safely cross the canal, the bridge.
  • The bridge construction provided employment for 12 local labourers who received a daily wage of 400 Afghani per day (about US$ 7) over a period of six months.
  • With the new bridge, people are able to transport their fresh produce to district and provincial markets less time, saving 24 kilometres round trip.

Allowing more than 11,000 residents as well as vehicles and animals from seven villages of the Kharoti area to safely cross the canal, the bridge project provided employment for 12 local labourers who received a daily wage of 400 Afghani per day (about US$ 7) over a period of six months. 

Thanks to the new bridge, travel time to schools, health clinics and local markets nearly halved, and residents from both sides of the canal now get together more often. Most of the residents are farmers which grow fruit and vegetables, in particular melons and watermelons, which constitute their main source of income. With the new bridge, they are able to transport their fresh produce to district and provincial markets less time, saving 24 kilometres round trip. 

NABDP works to achieve a significant reduction in poverty in Afghanistan focusing on agriculture and rural employment generat ion, the promotion of sustainable livelihoods and the development of rural infrastructure.

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