The solar lights installed in Loy Bagh area of Nad Ali.
In the Nad Ali District of Helmand Province, the district governor, the mayor and the District Stabilization Team, in close consultation with community members, have worked together to increase lighting in Nad Ali – indentifying the illumination of streets and bazaars during the night as an efficient and effective municipal enhancement. Supported by USAID’s Local Governance and Community Development Project (LGCD), a total of 50 lights were installed in five key locations around the district. In a similar endeavor in Gereshk, the district center of Nahri Sarraj, installation of 120 lights running along Highway One through to the town center is nearing completion. Further, two local individuals in each district are receiving maintenance training to provide long-term maintenance. Nad Ali and Gereshk have reached security tipping points in the past six months and the municipal enhancement will help build the momentum toward long-term security. In Gereshk, the illumination of the highway is also contributing to improved road safety along this busy main route. These illuminated areas during the night restrict insurgent activity, enhance the local security environment; and allow businesses to stay open later, providing economic benefit. The installation of these lights is a tangible demonstration of district and municipal service delivery.
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