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Kabulis lash out at municipality over clogged roads

Kabulis lash out at municipality over clogged roads

Mar 17, 2016 - 20:42

KABUL (Pajhwok): Kabul citizens on Thursday strongly criticised the municipality over a lack of proper drainage system and not timely collecting garbage in the central capital, saying the inaction was creating problems for residents especially in rainy seasons.

An excessive amount of water is generally accumulated in Taimani, Wazirabad, Market, Sarsabzai localities of Kabul during rainy season when people could not cross roads even in vehicles.

A resident of Thaimani locality, Wahidullah, told Pajhwok Afghan News Kabul citizens suffered from dust in summer and accumulated water and mud on roads in winter.

“Due to accumulation of too much water on the 5th road of Thaimany and Sarsabzai square, vehicles struggle to pass off, they seem like boats,” he said, adding if the drainage system was improved, people would not face such problems.

Another inhabitant of the city, Ahmad Farid, said most roads of Kabul remained drowned in rain waters which needed a proper exit system.

All passersby were on Tuesday forced to take off their shoes and walk into the dirty water, he said.

“During yesterday’s rain, a woman tried to cross the road in Thaimani, but she lipped in the water and her clothes got wet. Then other women came to help her.”

“The government is responsible for this situation,” Farid said, asking the government to stop clashing over key posts and appoint a professional person as Kabul mayor who could serve the people and resolve their problems.

“Water accumulation on roads is not an issue confined to Kabul, but it also happens in other countries,” the publication manager at the Kabul Municipality, Abdul Qadar Arzu, said.

Acting mayor Mohammad Islam Akrami said the reason behind water accumulation was bad condition of canals in Wazirabad area.  

A canal would be constructed in Wazirabad area at a total cost of $18 million with financial support from the World Bank and the project would help resolve the problem, he said, adding bids would be invited for the project soon.



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