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Afghanistan: Roads

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the condition of the main bazaar road in Musa Qala, Helmand province, Afghanistan; what funding the Government have provided for the reconstruction of the road; and if he will make a statement. (232090)

The UK Government, through the cross-governmental Stabilisation Unit, provided $200,000 to pave the 750 metre road through the bazaar in Musa Qala district centre. This project was identified as a priority by the local community, and its construction provided employment for local workers.

The new road, with drainage channels, is an improvement on the previous mud track. Alongside other UK-funded road projects in Musa Qala, this project has enhanced the freedom of movement for local inhabitants and provides improved access to market for local traders.