Mandol district has no road, government building
JALALABAD (PAN): Despite 10 years’ worth of assistance from the international community, there are no roads or government buildings in the Mandol district of the eastern province of Nuristan, residents and officials said.
The district has 83 villages but no road, Mandol district chief, Ataullah Nuristani, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
People from Pyar, Kolam, Nilab, Baidak, Paros, and Garmesh traverse the 25-kilometre distance to the district centre through the mountains on donkeys, he said. The district is home to 85,000 people. They import daily-use items from Laghman, Badakhshan and Panjshir provinces, he said.
Besides transportation problems, there are no government buildings for district and police headquarters or other departments, he said.
The head of the 20-member council of the district, Maulvi Mohammad Musa, said that the provinces 29 schools also lack facilities and that the price of basic items is very high.
He criticized government officials for not paying attention to the province during the past 10 years. He said officials from Nuristan had settled in Nangarhar and Kabul provinces and got salaries for doing nothing.
The new governor of Nuristan, Tamim Nuristani, said the provincial government had launched reconstruction work on a road linking the central, eastern and western parts of the province two years ago with financial support from US Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT).
The contract for the road was awarded to an American construction company, but the company stopped working with only seven km of the road built due to security problems. After the delay, the PRT decided to cancel the whole project, he said.
He promised to enlist district government departments to construct the road.
Nearly a million US dollars had been allocated for the province by the Counter-Narcotics Ministry, and would be spent constructing government buildings in the district, he said.
The Ministry of Public Works also promised the governor it would include the district in the Ministry’s action plan next year, he said.
The projects of the National Solidarity Programme (NSP) of the Ministry of Rehabilitation and Rural Development (MRRD) have so far not been implemented in the district.
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