India committed to building Kandahar cricket stadium
KABUL (Pajhwok): India has assured it is committed to establishing an international cricket stadium in southern Kandahar province, tweeted Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Hikmat Khalil Karzai on Saturday.
Karzai said he held talks with Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan Amar Sinha about the cricket stadium in Kandahar and the envoy assured him that India had not backed out on its promise and remained firmly committed to the stadium’s construction.
Hikmat Karzai said formal construction of the cricket stadium would be launched once preliminary works in this regard were finished.
Four years on since India promised the aid, construction works on the cricket stadium on 20 acres of land in Kandahar City with one million US dollars Indian assistance could be launched so far.
Last week, members of the provincial council, civil society activists, youth and cricket fans carried out a protest demonstration against the delayed construction of the cricket ground.
Kandahar cricket board official Mohammad Massoud Rahmani told Pajhwok Afghan News when the zonal cricket tournament was newly launched in Kandahar four years ago and Kandahar finished first, the Indian ambassador promised his country would provide one million US dollars for the construction of an international cricket stadium in the province.
About one and a half years ago, the Indian Embassy in Kabul provided the money to the Economy Ministry and a contract for the stadium construction was given to a company.
But practical work could not be launched until the project was referred to the then newly-created provincial procurement commission, he said.
He said the commission had been delaying the project under various pretexts over the past eight months despite repeatedly sending official letters to the panel by the Afghanistan Cricket Board.
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