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45% of roads in Tunisia are "inadequate," says Arfaoui.

(TAP) -- Some 45% of the roads in Tunisia are "inadequate," Minister of Equipment, Housing and Spatial Planning Mohamed Salah Arfaoui affirmed on Wednesday.

In response to the deputies during the examination of the draft 2018 budget of the ministry, Arfaoui said that only 55% (22,000 km) of the road network are paved according to standards in force.

42% of the rural feeder road network (50,000 km) are not paved according to standards while the remaining 58% are not even paved, he affirmed.

"Basic infrastructure projects under the supervision of the ministry (some 3,000 construction sites) are mobilised with a 5,300MD budget," he added. 200 projects with a budget of 8,000 MD are expected to be achieved in 2018.

As regards rural roads, the minister announced the achievement of 4,500 km during the upcoming years. In 2018, studies on the achievement of one third of these roads will be conducted and the construction works are scheduled for 2019.

Thirty-two layout plans were drawn up by the ministry in 2017, he recalled.

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Publication:Agency Tunis Afrique Press
Date:Nov 30, 2017
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