Samangan coalmines revenue down by 14%
AIBAK (Pajhwok): The revenue of two coalmines in the Dara-i-Suf Bala district of northern Samangan province touched the figure of 864 million afghani in the past six month, showing 142 million decrease as compared to last year revenue in the same period, an official said on Sunday.
Mohammad Sadique Aziz, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News growing insecurity and dilapidated conditions of roads were main reasons behind decline in revenue of Shabashak and Dahna Tour coalmines.
The western and eastern Garmak Coalmines were excluded from the 864 million afghanis revenue, he said, adding these sites were leased out to a private company.
Aziz did not have information about the total revenue collection of coalmines but said the coal excavating company directly submitted its report to the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum and its official had complete information.
Eng. Abdul Rahman Afghan, head of coal entrepreneur in the north, agreed with the views expressed by the governor’s spokesman and said the blockage of unprofessionally dug coal tunnels would further add to the decline of revenue generated from the coal.
He said they had already stopped work on some tunnels in the coalmine which were feared to collapse.
Fazluddin Jasur Khurmi, the town’s administrative chief, said the excavated coal was usually transferred to Aibak, the provincial capital, through Dara-i-Suf Pain district.
He said majority of the areas of the district had become insecure which made the transfer of coal difficult.
The official said as many as 10,000 workers were involved in exaction of coal in more than 200 tunnels in the district. He said last year the revenue generated form coalmines was more than 2 billion afghanis.
Earlier, lawmaker Masuma Khawari, alleged the local council of Dara-i-Suf Bala for 15 million afghanis embezzlement in the revenue of coalmines.
She also claimed locals were involved in smuggling of coal and did not pay tax to government for transferring coals to other places.
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