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    Tunnel-form flats to be built in Kabul

     KABUL (PAN): Urban Development Minister Hassan Abdulhai on Tuesday signed contracts with two Turkish construction firms on building multi-storey residential apartments in the central capital Kabul.

    As part of the Khwaja Rawish housing scheme, the proposed 15-floor buildings would cost $80 million, to be paid jointly by the Urban Development Ministry and the Turkish firms, said Abdulhai.

    He added the flats for 1000 families would be completed in a year’s time. Buyers will be required to pay 20 percent of a flat's total value and provide the remaining price in 12 months.

    Turkey’s Yunas Group chief, Khalil Onal, said the proposed flats were being constructed under tunnel form system, a method used for concrete walls and ceilings with a load-bearing mechanism.

    He added the system was common in Turkey and it had been a fast-track method of construction, resisting earthquakes and effects of weather.