6 Jan 2007

PR# 2007-021

Panjshir PRT facilitates mosque repair

PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Thanks to the cooperative efforts of an Afghan village, an ISAF Turkish engineering company and an engineering firm, a mosque that was in the way of a 47-kilometre road construction project has been partially demolished and then repaired.

This action was necessary to put in a diversionary bridge while the permanent bridge across an irrigation canal in Bazarak was being replaced.

The new bridge is part of a $16 million road project through the centre of the Panjshir valley that will eventually provide a paved road between Charikar and Kabul. The project is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development.

“Partly demolishing a mosque is a touchy subject, so local elders were reluctant to allow the road to go through unless the contractor promised that they would repair the mosque,” said Lt. Col. Neal Kringel, Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team commander.

When the permanent bridge was completed and the temporary bridge removed, the PRT used Commander’s Emergency Response Programme funds to not only make repairs, but improve the structure of the mosque with windows and paint.

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