Revenue decreased due to lack of staff: Kandahar mayor
KANDAHAR CITY (PAN): Kandahar municipality estimated it would make 600 million afghanis ($13.3 million) in revenue in the last financial year which ended on March 20, but the lack of staff meant they were only able to collect 200 million.
In the previous year they collected 217 million afghanis in revenue, the city’s mayor, Ghalam Haider Hamidi, said.
They had planned to be able to issue land ownership documents to residents of Aino Mina and Loya Vialai areas which would have returned a large income, but due to lack of staff, the municipality was not able to carry out the job, he said.
Out of 119 staff members at the municipality, only 38 are working. At least 20 had been fired for corruption and the rest had resigned due to security threats or been casualties of insurgent attacks
Last year, four municipality workers were killed and one was injured in attacks.
Salaries of municipality staff had increased, and employees were earning between 6,600 afghanis and 32,000 afghanis a month.
Hamidi said that despite the problems, the past year had seen some many achievements including the cleanup of the canals which had not been cleaned for the last 30 years.
It also exceeded its estimate of asphalting 25km road last year, by 6 kilometres as well as paving 59 other subroads in the city.
New buildings had been constructed in the fifth, ninth and 10th districts while in the seventh and eighth, construction was underway.
He said he has also able to take back a lot of government property, including land on which 400 shops had been built in Mazlyan.
For the next year, he said a national park will be constructed on the land of the former army corps. “We will evacuate the former army corps on the recommendation of the president, and on 50 acres of land we will build a women’s garden, a prayer hall for women and a market for handicraft and on 300 acres of the land we will build recreational areas.”
The mayor said another big project for upcoming year is the expansion of the road from Kandahar city to Kandahar airport.
The municipality will finance the project and will expand the road, and another 50km of roads will be asphalted inside the city.
Residents of Kandahar city are happy with the development, however, those who will lose their shops as they are constructed on government land are not so pleased.
Kamal Shah, a resident of first district of Kandahar city, said roads and canals in his area had been asphalted.
During the summer and winter people faced a lot of problems due to bad roads and debris filled canals.
A taxi driver in Kandahar, Ali Ahmad, said he was happy, as the municipality had destroyed illegal shops which meant there was less traffic in the provincial capital.
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