Martyrs kin to get residential apartments in 3 years
KABUL (Pajhwok): A Qatari charity on Wednesday signed three memoranda of understandings (MoUs) with two Afghan ministries for several projects including the construction of apartments for families of martyrs.
The $160 million worth MoUs were signed between Prince Sheikh Ali, head of Al-Gharafa Charity Organization, and the ministries of agriculture and urban development in Kabul.
Urban Development Minister Sayed Sadat Mansoor Naderi he signed two MoUs worth $140 million. Of the aid, $100 million would be spent on construction of buildings and commercial centres and the remaining $40 million would be spent on building houses for families of martyrs.
He said construction works on 1,000 apartments for families of martyrs would be launched tomorrow and would be completed in three years.
Naderi said the two projects in addition to providing shelter to homeless people would also generate jobs, attract investment, improve competition in the construction sector and lower house rents.
“We will prevent arbitrary and unplanned buildings, we are improving peoples trust in the government by providing them standard housing facilities,” he said.
A third MoU worth $20 million was signed between the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock and the Qatari charity.
Abdul Manan Matin, agriculture director for western Farah province who was present at the signing ceremony, said Farah was a border province and had great potential in agricultural productions.
He said about 90 percent of the $20 million would be used in Farah province. He said they would try to use the money properly and attract more foreign aid.
Prince Sheikh Ali said they would continue their support if their current aid yielded positive results.
Qatar has been supporting Afghanistan for 40 years and would continue its support in different areas in future too, he said.
Ali said Qatar had built eight mosques and two hospitals in different provinces of Afghanistan and had assisted 10,000 needy families and farmers during the current solar year.
Download “Pajhwok” mobile App, on your smartphone to read and access latest news, features, interviews, videos and photos about Afghanistan.