Pul-i-Alam green belt grabbed by influential
PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): The agriculture and livestock department in central Logar province on Thursday alleged that some influential have grabbed huge tract of land allocated for green belt on the outskirts of Pul-i-Alam, the provincial capital.
Agriculture Director Humayun Umar told Pajhwok Afghan News the captured land was allocated for green belt in the city, but some influential people had claimed its ownership.
Umar did not disclose the names of land grabbers, but said that individuals have built surrounding walls and divided the land into plots.
“I have informed the officials concerned at the governor house through an official letter to vacate the state land,” he said, adding but any action yet to be taken.
Ahmad Khan Ulfat, mayor of Pul-i-Alam, confirmed the land had been grabbed and that some people had started construction homes as well.
Ulfat said any property that built against the master plan of the city was not acceptable to them.
The residents of Pul-i-Alam criticized provincial authorities for weak approach to deal with land grabbers. Sher Ahmad, a resident of Pul-i-Alam, said the grabbed land had been made a township and each plot was being sold for $5,000.
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