Trans Hindukush road connectivity is very crucial for not only economic development of Afghanistan but also its national integration. Salang Highway, built almost half a century before caries almost all the traffic from North to South and vice-versa. It connects the Baghlan-Kunduz region to Jalalabad-Kabul region with almost ten thousand vehicles transporting goods and passengers every day, the Salang highway is one of the highest motor-able roads and get frequently affected by heavy snowfall and landslides etc. The traffic disruptions cause huge economic costs and losses. Only alternative route to Salang highway is the unpaved Bamyan to Baghlan highway, which due to its limitation only is used by smaller vehicles. The Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GoIRA ) has identified the Bamyan to Baghlan Corridor also called the Bamyan-Dushi Road, located within the Provinces of Bamyan and Baghlan, as a national highway requiring significant construction maintenance because of its strategic importance in providing an alternate route for Salang highway.
The World Bank has decided to provide funds for developing the Hindukush road connectivity project having the following two sub projects:
- Upgrading the Bamyan to Baghlan highway (152 Kms.) as an alternative route when Salang highway is closed due to weather related disruptions and maintenance works. There are settlements along the road and social impacts in terms of land acquisition are thus unavoidable.
- Long term rehabilitation of Salang highway including repairs to the tunnels and construction of a new reinforced heavy duty concrete pavement for about 30 Kms. length, located between 2,500 and 3,400 meters altitude above sea level. There are no settlements not privately owned land along the road segment addressed, and hence no social issues involved.
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