Work for Afghan Parliament commences in full swing

"The Rs 950 crore work contract has been finally awarded to two Indian construction companies after repeated biddings, and currently the work is going on under our supervision," said a senior CPWD official.

The CPWD succeeded in having bidders in its fourth bidding as it did not get good response in earlier biddings.
Two Indian construction companies have been jointly awarded the prestigious job, said the official.

While the Parliament is estimated to cost Rs 710 crore, the construction of a new Chancery building in Kabul is to cost Rs 240 crores.
"It is a prestigious job for us as India has a commitment towards construction of the new Parliament in Kabul," said the official.

The construction of the Parliament building is being regarded as a visible symbol of India contributing to strengthening and rebuilding democracy in Afghanistan.
All this notwithstanding that the Indian embassy was bombed in Kabul last year, killing diplomats and security personnel.
The construction of chancery complex will provide a secure and functional base for Indian diplomats working in Kabul.

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