Purchasers protest delay in handover of Kabul apartments
KABUL (Pajhwok): Purchaseres of apartments in the Khwaja Rawash Township north of the Kabul airport on Thursday staged a protest, accusing the government of failing to deliver them their flats
The protestors, who had gathered in front of the developer’s office, warned of forcibly possessing their apartments if the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) did not deliver them the residences promptly.
The Khawaja Rawash Township is located north of the Kabul airport and contains 600 residential blocks with houses for thousands of families.
It is the first township in Afghanistan having been built on modern pattern with all standard services including the internet, heating system, electricity, recreational parks, green areas, canalization system, clean potable water, refinery system, cultural, religious, education and health centers, coffee shops and asphalted roads.
The protestors said they had already paid for their flats, which should be given to them soon, otherwise, they would forcibly take their right.
Ainuddin Bik, one of the protestors who spoke on behalf of others, said they had purchased apartments four years ago and it was scheduled they would take over their houses in one and a half years after the payment.
He said the government could not deliver them their apartments in four years. “We have fulfilled our promises and paid the purchasing amounts in five installments, but the government has not been loyal to its pledges,” Bik said.
Another protestor, Dr. Mohammad Shafi, told Pajhwok Afghan News: “I also had purchased a two-room apartment against 1.5 million afghanis, but the government is yet to submit my property.”
He said the first phase of the township contained 80 blocks, which had been bought by people, but the buyers were still unable to have possession of their properties.
Shafi said they would try to own their property using all means if the government continued wasting their time.
They also released a statement in which they asked the MoUD to deliver the apartments to the buyers who were homeless.
However, the MoUD said the apartments would be given in control to their owners soon.
Nawin, the project acting head, said 95 percent of construction work on the township’s first phase had been completed. He added work on 19 blocks remained unfinished and would be completed in the next one month. He linked the delay to some administrative problems.
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