Ghazni witnesses development but projects of 2013 face postponement
GHAZNI (PAN): The government has completed hundreds of development projects during the past five years in Ghazni city and southern districts of the province but the 2013 projects have been postponed due to the reasons best known to the concerned authorities.
Ghaznir Governor Musa Khan Akbarzada while talking to Pajhwok Afghan News said that during the last five years around 250 kilometers road have been completed in the provincial capital and in other districts of the province. Multifaceted problems of the people, he said have been resolved following early completion of 100 kilometers road in remote areas and rural parts of the province.
Outlining details of construction-related works being done by his government, he said that the much-needed buildings of as many as 36 schools have been constructed while construction work of the building of 33 other schools are in progress. Similarly, he went on to say that 14 health clinics have been established elsewhere in the province. Of 25 historic monuments scheduled to be built or renovated in 2013, he informed that hectic rehabilitation work on 18 of the monuments is underway with four other projects.
Bismillah Sharifi, head of the information and culture department held out promises that the direly needed construction work on the renovation of rest of the historical sites would be completed within the next three months.
He resolved that a Mega Project--- Islamic Civilization--- “Saqafat-e-Islam” comprising a meeting hall, mosque, underground bazaar and 50 small blocks would be made functional within five months.
Ghulam Sanayee Mayel, director rural rehabilitation and development informed that his department helped built as many as 180 small bridges, 1, 340 meters boundary walls, and another 61 water drilling projects elsewhere in the province. He went on to say that construction work on dozens of projects is underway with accelerated phase, which would be completed in the next three months.
Engineer Karim, in charge of development affairs of Ghazni said that simultaneously a number of small water dams have been built while construction and rehabilitation on some other projects are in progress. With the same breath while outlining details regarding completion or rehabilitation of development projects, Karim said that two water dams have been built in Deh Yak and the third one has been completed in provincial capital. He went on to say that already a water canal for Sardi dam in Ander District has been rehabilitated; adding that construction work on its gates is underway.
However, residents of the area express grave concern by saying that the Ghazni province did not witness any considerable development, urging the authorities to concentrate more on the projects in the far-flung areas of the province.
Abdul Jami Jami, deputy provincial council head admitted that during the past five years, authorities have their focus on the development of provincial metropolis while the people of the remote districts continue to suffer in terms of completion of development projects in their areas.
The main hurdles hampering the completion and implementation of mega development projects and National Solidarity Programme is the absence of security and existence of armed groups, he added. He said that despite multidimensional challenges, the authority has been able to complete the road project linking the provincial capital to rest of the districts with the successful implementation of National Solidarity Programme.
Member of Provincial Council Amanullah Kamrani said though completion of development projects is a bold initiative, adding however, the armed groups in remote areas is a constant source hampering development of the area. He said that projects benefitting the people could not be taken forward as needed by the people in far-flung areas of the province. He said that the public uprising to flush out the armed rebels in Ander District has helped created a favourable environment for initiating development projects in the town, which is a right move toward right direction.
He said that public uprising against the Taliban prompted the authorities to implement the National Solidarity Programme. Karami said that some sort of attention has been given to implement and develop the infrastructure, mega power dams, agriculture projects, and small factories in an apparent attempt to reduce the ratio of unemployment.
He went on to say that work on a number of projects set to be completed in 2013 including an airport, canalization, power projects, and two mega hotels is yet to be started.
“The 2013 has offered an opportunity to mark the year regarding the development of Ghazni as capital of Islamic Civilization of the world, but the concerned quarters miserable failed to pay due attention to the direly needed cause or to allocate enough fund for the project,” he added.
Dr. Ghani Bahaduri, a leading tribal elder and member of the peace panel said that proper attention could not be given to develop the area during the outgoing decade, complaining that development projects are completed in some particular areas.
“If the development projects can be carried out with a proper share from the respective areas then I am sure there will have no insecurity and joblessness in the country. The people direly needed building of power dams and rehabilitation of water reservoirs during the past decade,” he added.
The completion of development projects tends to ensure provision of job opportunities to thousands of people in the area, he said, adding that development and boosting of agriculture sector is among the basic fields to be given attention in greater interests of the people.
The Poland Provincial Reconstruction Team (PPRT) and the American agencies helped financed health care centers and schools, he added. In addition to that the Ghazni municipality, the Ministries of Public Works and Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock helped in completion of some schemes as part of development projects.
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