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    Residents warn of stopping work on road

    LASHKARGAH (PAN): Tribal elders from Nawa district of southern Helmand province warned on Saturday of impeding construction work on a road if they were not compensated.

    As many as 50 tribal elders of the district asked provincial authorities to keep the recompense promises held out to them.

    The road would be constructed over land of locals and the governor had vowed to compensate them, resident Haji Mohammad Gul told Pajhwok Afghan News. However, construction work on the road is yet to start.

    One tribal elder, Haji Abdullah, said officials had promised residential plots to them in the city. About 224 houses, measuring 130 acres of land, would be razed, with police officials ordering residents to leave their homes, he added. The poor would be unable to build their houses during the winter, Abdullah feared.

    The authorities would honour their commitment but they were currently unable to compensate the people before an assessment of their losses, said a governor house official, Mohammad Lal Ahmadi.

    According to Ahmadi, the road is a huge project linking Nawa and Garmser districts with provincial central Lashkargah.