Major George Tweedy walks with Bamyan Governor Dr Habiba Sarabi to the road sealing ceremony for a major section of the road connecting Bamyan Province to Kabul. Credit: Private First Class Roy Mercon, US Army. (WN10-005-058tn)
27 July 2010
The people of Bamyan province, Afghanistan, will soon be able to reach their country’s capital much more easily thanks to the construction of a new two-lane highway.
The provincial governor Dr Habiba Sarabi, Bamyan provincial government officials, local dignitaries including the district governor, and heads of shuras from local villages were present for the road sealing ceremony for a major section of the Bamyan-Kabul Road on 19 July.
With Dr Sarabi throwing the first shovel of ‘hotmix’ onto the road, the main asphalt paving machine was ready to start work.
Major George Tweedy, development officer for the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team (NZPRT), said that the road, the first to be paved with asphalt outside of the main Bamyan town, will open up Bamyan to Kabul in the east and enable the farmers to get their produce to market much quicker than ever before.
“Bamyan province is a rich agricultural area that produces potatoes, wheat, apricots and other fruit, but with no real road infrastructure to speak of, it’s been very difficult to capitalise on these assets and most of the produce rots in the fields. This road, and others like it, will bring real prosperity to Bamyan and the farmers in the area.”
The Bamyan-Kabul road is one of many large road projects the NZPRT is working on, said Major Tweedy, with the projects amounting to more than $150 million.
Major Jonathan Fiu, a liaison officer for the NZPRT, said that the PRT continues to focus on development and governance within Bamyan Province.
“Large-scale projects like roads connect the people to the main centres and allow for rural areas to be supported more effectively by the Afghan National Police.”
27 Hōngongoi 2010
NĀU TE ROUROU NĀKU TE ROUROU KA ORA TE IWI O AWHEKENETĀNA
Ākuanei ka māmā ake te haerenga o ngā tāngata o Bamyan ki te tāone matua o Awhekenetāna, a Kabul. Nā te hanganga o tētahi huarahi matua hou i pēnei ai.
Nō te rā 19 o Hōngongoi i tau atu te tāhuna a tara ki te kaupapa nei, koia te wā i timata ai tētahi wāhanga nui o te huarahi Bamyan-Kabul. I reira te Kāwana a rohe, a Tākuta Habiba Sarabi, ngā atoato a rohe, ngā manu noho matarae o ngā pā, otirā ngā rangatira o ngā takiwā.
Ka kāherua te pakakū tuatahi e Tākuta Sarabi, kātahi kua wātea te mihīni pakakū ki te mahi i āna mahi.
E ai ki a Meiha George Tweedy, Apihā whakawhanake o te Tīma Hanga o Aoteraoa (NZPRT), ko tēnei te huarahi pakakū tuatahi i waho atu i te tāone a Bamyan. Ka oti te huarahi nei ka watea a Kabul ki ngā kaipāmu, kia tere ake te tuku i ā rātou hua whenua ki ngā wāhi hokohoko.
“He rohe haumako, a Bamyan, koia e tuputupu pai ai te wīti, te tāewa, me ngā hua rākau. Heoi nā te āhuatanga o te rōri i uaua ai te harihari atu i ngā hua hokohoko atu ai, nā whai anō ka pirau haere ngā hua i te whenua. Mā te huarahi nei e whai rawa ai ngā kaipāmu otirā te rohe whānui o Bamyan.”
Tā Meihā Tweedy - ko te huarahi Bamyan-Kabul tētahi noa iho o ngā huarahi huhua, ngā huarahi rārahi, ngā hurahi waitara e mahia ana e te Tīma o Aotearoa (NZPRT). Neke atu i te $150 miriona te wariu o ngā waitara nei.
E mea ana a Meihā Jonathan Fiu, te kaitakawaenga o te Tīma (NZPRT), e aro tonu ana te Tīma ki ngā mahi whakawhanake i te rohe me te kāwanatanga a Bamyan.
“Mā ngā waitara nunui, pēnei i ngā huarahi, e honohono te tangata ki ngā tāone matua, ka mutu, ka māmā ake te mahi manaaki me te mahi tautoko ā te rōpu Pirihimana o Awhekenetāna i ngā tāngata o tuawhenua.”
Pānui a Whakaahua: Meihā George Tweedy, Apihā whakawhanake o te Tīma Hanga o Aoteraoa (NZPRT), rāua ko te Kāwana o Bamyan, a Tākuta Habiba Sarabi, e hīkoi ana. Ko te wā tēnei i whakanui ai tētahi wāhanga o te huarahi matua e honohono ai a Bamyan ki Kabul. Nā Private First Class Roy Mercon, US army te pikitia.
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