Hurdles to New Kabul City project to be removed: CEO
KABUL (Pajhwok): Calling the multibillion New Kabul City project as “a huge hope for urban development in Afghanistan,” Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah on Wednesday said hurdles impeding progress on the economically viable scheme would be addressed.
The CEO discussed and exchanged views with members of the Independent Board of Kabul New City Development about barriers in resuming work on the ambitious housing scheme --- bigger than the existing Kabul City, a statement from the CEO office said.
The modern urban area about a 30-minute drive north of Kabul will be home to an estimated 1.5 million people when it's completed in 2025.
The $34 billion public-private project - planned to span across 290 square miles at the foothills of the majestic Safi Mountains - is bigger than the existing Kabul.
Abdullah insisted on the importance of the project and its role and impact on the urban development process and creating jobs and said:” We have been trying to facilitate the project’s implementation because the New Kabul City project is a hope for the urban development of the country especially Kabul.”
The board members sought resolution to some problems concerning electricity, water supply, communication, legal issues and land ownership claims, clearance of government land and water resource management and presented their activity report to the CEO, the statement said.
They said from a total of 38,742 acres of cleared land, only 12,500 acres of land was private property and the rest belonged to the government.
The board members said a contract to launch practical work on the project at a cost of $6.5 million had been signed and nearly 25,000 people would work on the scheme.
Abdullah instructed the board to resume work on the project as soon as possible, saying all the organs involved were responsible to urgently cooperate with the project. In addition to economic value, the project would provide work opportunities for people, the CEO said.
According to Abdullah, he would discuss the issue with the Cabinet in order to resolve problems and legal issues concerning the project so that work on the scheme could be commenced as soon as possible.
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