New hostel building opens at Nangarhar varsity
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): A newly-constructed hostel building with the capacity to accommodate 1200 students was inaugurated at the university in eastern Nangarhar province on Saturday.
The four-storey structure that cost $2.5 million has four blocks and 130 rooms. The building was put into service on Saturday when Counternarcotics Minister Salamat Azimi and provincial officials jointly inaugurated it.
In this regard, Azimi told a press conference that the United States had provided Nangarhar $10 million in reward for winning the poppy-free province status in 2013.
She said the hostel building was one of the projects which had been initiated using the American aid.
Besides the new hostel building, the Nangarhar University has other hostel facilities, but these structures are said to be lacking modern facilities.
Governor Salim Khan Kunduzi told Pajhwok Afghan News on the sidelines of the hostel’s inauguration ceremony that the new building was direly needed.
Vice-chancellor Nasir Kamawal said the new hostel building had been built on contemporary standards. He said the new building resolved many problems the students faced earlier. He urged the provincial government to address the issue of electricity in the new hostel.
He said the new building had the capacity to accommodate 1200 students, but it lacked electricity for which he was trying to resolve.
Governor Kunduzi said they had prepared other programmes for the university’s reconstruction, but did not explain them.
Aimal Hashmi, an engineer with the Counternarcotics Ministry who monitored the project, said the structure had 96 rooms for residing, 16 for study and some others for holding conferences.
He said they had been monitoring activities of the construction company involved. He said some changes to the building design were brought in consultation with them because the design had been approved for Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province.
But Nangarhar University’s engineering faculty teacher Syed Jalal said corruption had been committed in the hotel building’s construction.
“In the map, there are roads in front of the hostel, a central heating system and fire extinguisher cylinders and other facilities, but none of them can be seen on the ground.”
But officials and the construction company insisted all the works had been done in accordance with the map.
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