New parliament building to be ready in 5 months
KABUL (Pajhwok): Despite hurdles created by Pakistan in supply of construction materials from India, Afghanistan’s new parliament building would be completed over the next five months, an official said on Tuesday.
Syed Sharif Hussaini, an advisor to the Ministry of Urban Development overlooking the mega project, told the upper house the building was being constructed at a cost of $220 million by India.
The complex launched eight years ago is being built on 57,000 square metres of land in Darul Aman locality of Kabul.
The state-of-the-art building, Hussaini said, has three major halls, offices for administrative boards of both houses, offices for 18 commissions, a conference hall and entrance lobby.
He said the project was to be completed two and a half years ago, but Pakistan’s disturbances prolonged it.
He added the bulk of raw materials for construction came from India through Karachi seaport, where some containers were even seized.
As a gift to the Afghan people, the edifice has influence of Mughal and modern architecture and will have Asia’s largest dome as one of its key features.
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