Building Roads and Building Trust

. Abdul Saboor Ebadie, a contract manager for KMDP, says benefits have included lower rates of illness, less pollution, lower transportation costs, improved access to potable water, and reduced travel time.

Everyday activities have become easier and the residents of Dashayee Jabar Khan and Sarak Azam neighborhoods live more comfortably as a result of the improvements. .

“Cars used to refuse to bring us down these streets. Before, we paid 200 afghanis [about $2.75]* to bring two sairs [14 kg] of flour from the shops to our home. If the car refused, we would have to carry everything on our backs from the main road. Now, every car will take us and we pay just 100 afghanis,” says Abdul Majid Jamili, 25, a resident of Sarak Azam.

The Kabul Municipality Development Program aims to provide direct or indirect benefits to over 1 million Kabul city residents through municipal services provided in some 3,020 hectares of government-owned land. Photo Credit: Rumi Consultancy/World Bank

Better road conditions also improve essential or emergency travel. “When someone was sick, we used to have to carry the person on our backs to the main road and only there could we get a car to the hospital,” says Allahyar Qurbani, 47, a Dashayee Jabar Khan resident and stone salesman.

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Dawlat Hussain, 46, a shopkeeper and a member of the Dashayee Jabar Khan Community Development Council, believes that as a result of the roadworks by the municipality and the professionalism of KMDP staff, trust in the government has increased considerably in his community, who previously had misgivings about government projects.

*U.S. dollar equivalent based on the rate $1=72.58(August 2018)


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