South provinces benefited from 80% of road projects in 2018, Minister of Public Works and Transport, Abdelghani Zaalane said Sunday in Bordj Badji Mokhtar (800km south of Algiers).
Speaking at the launch ceremony of a 70km road project on national road 06 (NR-6) to Reggane, the minister said that NR-6, which departs from the province of Mascara to the country’s extreme south, is of particular importance to the authorities alongside national roads 3, 1 and 50, which are key routes linking southern to both the north and border regions.
Zaalane underlined the importance of the quality of these routes that represent a key development factor, notably in the southern and border regions. He also called for the funds allocated to these operations to be used to avoid any additional costs.
A budget worth DZD3.5 billion was devoted to NR-6 between Bordj Badji Mokhtar and Reggane, said the minister who advised to start with the most difficult parts, namely the entrance to the cities of Bordj Badji-Mokhtar and Reggane, and the acceleration of administrative procedures related to operations scheduled for next year.
A 70km stretch will be built on NR-6 linking Bordj Badji Mokhtar to Reggane (worth DZD2 billion) by Sidi-Moussa site preparation company with a 12-month delay.
Another 32km section is being constructed on the same road (worth DZD1.3 billion) by the same company, in addition to a 18km stretch from the municipality of Timiaouine to borders, whose progress rate hit 95%.