7,000 tonnes of garbage removed from Kabul City
KABUL (Pajhwok): The municipality department on Thursday conducted a cleanliness campaign to clean the central capital city, but no government officials turned up despite being invited.
The Kabul municipality said it had invited several government departments including the Presidential Palace to join the campaign that begun Thursday morning and ended at 4pm.
The mayor, other municipality officials and more than 3,000 workers of the department took part in the drive ahead of winter season.
Deputy Mayor Mohammad Rafi Sayed told Pajhwok Afghan News more than 200 vehicles were used to transfer around 7,000 tonnes of garbage from 22 police districts of the city. He said construction companies also cooperated and provided 18 vehicles for the campaign.
However, Sayedi said the municipality 3,500 workers and 300 cleaning machines were not enough to deal with waste produced by the city’s six million population. “At least 15,000 personnel and 2,000 machines are needed to keep the entire city clean,” he added.
Nisar Ahmad Habibi, cleanliness director at Kabul municipality, said government officials’ participation in the campaign was lukewarm. He said they had invited all government organs including the Presidential Palace, but no one participated.
He, however, thanked Kabul citizens, including university students for partaking in the cleanliness effort.
“If government officials fear insecurity, they can participate in a secure area near their offices, their presence can encourage people, but unfortunately none of them participated,” Habibi said, calling people’s cooperation with the municipality as crucial for keeping the capital city clean.
A university student, Fareshta Haidari, said: “We are gathered to clean the city and remove what causes of diseases.”
She said the municipality on its own could not clean the entire city, asking Kabul residents to take part in keeping the city, particularly their own areas, clean of garbage.
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