Drive to paint homes on Kabul hills kicks off
KABUL (Pajhwok): A campaign “colours, beauty and change” has been launched to paint front walls of homes built on mounds to beautify the central capital Kabul, an official said on Saturday.
Deputy director of services at the Kabul Municipality, Khogman Ullomi, told Pajhwok Afghan News the painting campaign was launched a day earlier and it was aimed at beautifying Kabul city.
He said the drive was currently underway in the city’s first, second, third, fifth, seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth and 16th municipal districts and was expected to be completed until the advent of winter.
Thousands of homes have been built on mountains and mounds in Kabul. Ullomi said during the campaign, everyone in living these houses was being asked to paint front walls of their houses and if the owners did not have money to do so, they were introduced to the municipality through the local council.
Without going into details, the official said some traders had pledged assistance to the drive and the municipality had also set aside some money for the purpose.
He said owners themselves chose colour for painting their homes. A large number of mud houses had been built in a disorganized way on the mountains of Asmai and Sher Darwaza areas and if these houses were painted with different colours, it would add to the city’s beauty.
“These mud-made houses on mountains have been built illegally and they depict the picture of a war zone and are visible from long distances and need to be painted,” he said.
The municipality official said the purpose of the painting campaign was not only to beautify the city but also to remove fears from people’s hearts to some extent.
He said his department had been encouraging for the last five years houses’ and multiple-storey buildings’ owners to paint their properties in order to change the city’s outlook and they had done so to a great degree.
A resident of Khairkhana area, Naeem Atard, said: “Whenever I travelled through Deh Afghanan area, I would look at the mud-made houses on the mountain and would think if these structures are coloured, it would change the city’s outlook.”
He shared his idea with some public representatives in Guzar area and then with the Kabul municipality and they all agreed.
After efforts lasting about a month, the municipality launched the painting campaign and nearly 2000 houses would be painted in the Deh Afghanan area until Eidul Adha, he said.
“It is good, but it should not forcefully done,” said a resident of Hamzang area, Mohammad Shafique, while commenting on the painting campaign.
He said those lacking money to paint their houses should be assisted because there were families in Kabul who could not afford treatment and buying medicines for their children.
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