By Tech Sgt. Samara Scott
Regional Support Command-West
NTM-A Public Affairs
HERAT, Afghanistan – Two construction projects completed in May for the 606th Zone Headquarters Afghan National Police Logistics Center are expected to expedite the flow of work and save the police roughly $100,000 per year.
The first construction project was a wing added onto the headquarters building. The new addition consists of seven offices, a conference room, kitchen, male and female bathrooms, and a training room.
Before the expansion, the building only had five offices and one bathroom. The expansion cost approximately $60,000 and took almost two months to build.
“Before the new rooms were added onto our building, I was doing training and meetings in my office. My office is very small and could not fit many people,” said Col. Mohammad Saddiq, commander of battalion of logistics. “Now that the expansion is done, all of my officers have a place to work and we have a place to teach and conduct meetings.”
The second construction project was a fenced-in cargo yard with ramp. The fence provides a secure place for the vehicles and equipment to be stored. Rocks and gravel were added to the site to reduce dust and mud during the rainy season.
“Before the ramp, we would have to rent two cranes to lift the conexes off of the trucks. Each crane would cost us $2,000 per day to rent and it would take us two or three days to unload all of our equipment,” said Saddiq. “But now with the ramp we are able to drive a forklift up to unload the equipment. We no longer have to rent the cranes saving us thousands of dollars and what used to take us three days to do now takes us a few hours.”
The construction for the cargo yard took one month to build and cost approximately $30,000 to complete. All the construction was done by local contractors.
The projects were contracted and funded by the Regional Support Command-West.
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