A mountain slide has closed the Kabul-Jalalabad Highway, causing inconvenience to commuters and travellers relying on this crucial route connecting Kabul to Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan.
The Kabul-Jalalabad Highway is temporarily closed for safety reasons and to assist with debris removal. Local authorities and road crews are actively working to reopen the road promptly.
The closure of this highway has posed significant challenges for numerous travellers and truck drivers, leading to various difficulties and inconveniences in their journeys.
The landslide on the Tangi Mahi-Par highway has stranded thousands of cargo trucks, many carrying perishable goods like fresh fruits and vegetables. Urgent action is needed to reopen the highway, or these goods will spoil, causing significant losses.
Due to the closed highway, commuters and travellers are urged to consider alternate routes, such as the Kabul-Gardez Highway, linking Kabul to Gardez. Meanwhile, these alternatives may encounter heightened traffic due to the diversion of vehicles.
Mohammad Ashraf Haqshinas, Ministry of Public Works spokesman, reports that an alternative route via Sarubi and Tagab districts in Kapisa province is being utilized to address traveller issues.
However, there is a glimmer of hope as the Ministry of National Defense has announced the temporary opening of a side road connected to the Kabul-Jalalabad highway. This measure aims to alleviate the traffic congestion and allow limited movement of vehicles in the affected area.
The Kabul-Jalalabad highway closure resulting from a landslide in the Mahi-Par area of Surobi district has prompted the Ministry of National Defense to provide a temporary solution by opening a side road for traffic relief.