The Ministry of Public Works (MoPW) announced on Monday that the contract for the second phase of Salang tunnel was awarded to an Australian company.
Funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the USD 30mn contract is to conduct technical and feasibility studies on a possible second Salang tunnel over the next three years.
Officials from the ministry said the firm would start work on assessing the viability of the planned 12km tunnel within a month. Quoted from (Wadsam).
The new tunnel will be in the Awolang area and will cut through the Hindu Kush mountains to Doshakh in Baghlan province.
The MoPW estimates the cost of the new tunnel at around USD 1 billion.
The new tunnel is being considered in order to ease traffic flow through the existing tunnel, which was completed by the Soviet Union in 1964.
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