Mehtarlam residents lack clean drinking water
MEHTARLAM (PAN): Residents of Mehtarlam City, the capital of eastern Laghman province, on Wednesday complained about a lack of clean drinking water.
Tribal elder and a store owner, Mohammad Ali, told Pajhwok Afghan News there were fewer wells that could not meet residents' requirements.
He urged the city mayor to ditch more wells in populated areas of the city in order to resolve the people's problems.
Qari Faisal, another shopkeeper, said he fetches water from a remote area, accusing the municipality of doing nothing despite rapidly increasing population of the city.
Mohammad Akram Safi, the province water supply department chief, said they had laid water supply pipelines every 15 kilometers under the municipality's master plan.
He confirmed the problem of lack of drinking water, saying they could do nothing in areas that are not included in the municipality plan. This year, he said, the municipality planned to extend water supply pipelines to other areas where they are required.
Hajji Abdullah Niazi, the city mayor, said they had denoted $ 10,405 (500,000 afs) to the water supply department for the provision of water to crowded areas.
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