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Projects poorly maintained in Qalat, say residents

Projects poorly maintained in Qalat, say residents

Mar 27, 2011 - 16:31

QALAT (PANinfo-icon): Residents of Qalat, the capital of southern Zabul province, say that development projects implemented in the city are of low quality due to a lack of attention on the part of authorities concerned.

Over the past nine years, no attention had been given to the quality of projects in Qalat, where around 100000 people reside, residents say.

Abdul Qadir (30), resident of Likako Street in the old city, said the government did not monitor projects during their implantation. "This is why, projects have failed and spoiled after a short time," he said.

Pointing to a ditch in their street, the resident said the ditch has been reconstructed for four times over the past nine years, but it reappears due to the use of sub-standard materials.

“Construction companies do not use good quality materials in constructing ditches in the absence of monitoring,” he added, assailing the government for its negligence.

Naseer, another resident of Qalat, said that a 50 percent work on three roads projects is yet to be completed.  “It is a waste of time and money, because the government does not oversee projects," he said.

Muhammad Omer Ashna, a tribal elder, said both the government and people are responsible for the situation. “A lot of money is being spent on the construction of government buildings, but there are a fewer number of projects for public welfare, with most of them in bad condition and quality,” the elder said. “The Qalat hospital which was constructed three years ago is on the verge of collapse," he said, adding the hospital has been shifted to another building.

“The road between the governor's office and the governor house has turned to a dirt after one year its construction,” Ashna said, adding there are many such examples .

Abdul Qadir, the head of Tarnak-Zabul Construction Company, said the quality was low because projects changed hands many times.

“For example, people in Kabulinfo-icon get projects for Zabul province and sell them to a construction company," he said.

Rahim Dad, head of the rural development and reconstructioninfo-icon department, told Pajhwok they had appointed a delegation to monitor the implementation process of projects.

 “The delegation monitors projects financed by international organisations. They look into quality and materials used on schemes," he said.

The governor's spokesman also confirmed the problem, saying they were trying to solve it. Muhammad Jan Rasool Yar said the governor himself was overlooking some projects.


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