AISA yet to receive land for Logar industrial park
PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): The provincial council (PC) on Thursday said local officials had been unable to hand a piece of land over to the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) for the establishment of an industrial township in accordance with a decision taken two years back.
PC chief Hasibullah Stanikzai told Pajhwok Afghan News the provincial government had reached a decision with AISA two years ago that it would provide the agency 250 acres of land in the Mohammad Agha district for the establishment of an industrial township.
But the local government was yet to implement the decision, he said. “I have talked to AISA chief about the launch of work on the township, but he said the land authority should first hand over the required land to the agency.”
Stanikzai said AISA had budget for the construction of various sections of the proposed township, but the agency needed to be provided the required land.
“The budget for the Logar industrial township has not been given to another province and AISA officials have told me they will not use the money elsewhere,” the public representative said.
However, some people had earlier claimed ASIA had transferred the budget for the Logar industrial township to another province.
The provincial council chief urged President Ashraf Ghani to issue orders for the allotment of land to the proposed industrial township in Logar province.
Similarly, Logar regional council head Haji Daud Melma told Pajhwok Afghan News government officials had ignored the industrial township in Logar province.
“If the industrial park is established and our local traders invested their capitals, it would be a new beginning for our province, something that would create jobs for our youth.”
The governor’s spokesman, Salim Saleh, also said the township budget had not been transferred to another province.
“The governor’s house had talked to AISA in this regard and they had promised they would not transfer to another province the $200 million fund set aside for the industrial township in Logar.”
He said efforts were underway to resolve problems delaying the launch of work on the proposed industrial park, which he said would have a positive impact on the economy and security of Logar province.
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