Projects worth $10m to be executed in Kandahar
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock Minister Asadullah Zameer on Friday said agricultural projects worth $10 million would be launched in southern Kandahar province.
While Urban Development Minister Syed Mansoor Nadari said to people would be issued property documents in unplanned areas of Kandahar City, a move that would increase government’s revenue.
The two ministers told a press conference here that they visited Kandahar to evaluate and coordinate different programmes.
Municipality department head at Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) Abdul Baqi Popal, director general of irrigation Salehi and Kandahar Governor Dr. Humayun Azizi also attended in the press conference at the press club in Kandahar City.
Zameer said the $10 million worth projects would be executed for the development of agriculture sector in the province until 2016 with financial support from the World Bank and some other donor agencies.
He said orchards of grapes, pomegranates, fig and other fruits would be designed on modern patterns and factories for processing and packing agricultural and dairy products would be established.
He said solar-powered irrigation system, water reservoirs, vaccination centres for animals and a equipped laboratory for diagnosing animal diseases would be established as well in the impoverished province.
Nadari said the Urban Development Ministry planned to distribute documents to people living in unplanned areas of Kandahar, Kabul, Nangarhar, Herat and Mazar-i-Sharif in order to increase income of municipalities and provide services for residents of these areas.
Up to 80 percent of areas in these cities were unplanned due to a lack of proper services by the government, control and working ability, he said, adding now there would be proper coordination between his ministry and municipalities to deliver good services to people.
The master plan of Kandahar was not suitable in the current situation of the province so they would try to bring changes to the plan in accordance with the current situation to facilitate people, he said, stressing the on need for a ring road in Kandahar to connect remote areas with Kandahar City.
Salehi said the people of Kandahar had not been paying water fees and they owed 48 million afghanis in arrears to the government. He said until people paid the unpaid bills, they could not provide a modern water supply system for people.
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