Poor drainage system fuels traffic chaos in Kabul
KABUL (Pajhwok): Kabul residents on Monday hit out at the municipality over a lack of a proper drainage system in the capital, saying residents were faced with serious problems, especially in the rainy season.
Generally speaking, water accumulation in Taimani, Wazirabad, Market and Sarsabzi localities in rains leave roads flooded. The roads could not be plied even in vehicles because of the rainwater, inhabitants said.
A Kabul-based taxi driver, Shafiqullah, told Pajhwok Afghan News citizens suffered a lot due to water collection and mud on roads in rainy seasons.
“Yesterday, I was traveling from 500-Family area to Sarsabzi Square. My car got stuck in a drain. All passengers in my vehicle left as I tried to pull out my car.It took me an hour,” the driver said.
Another teamster from Khairkhana neighbourhood, Mukhtar Faizi, confirmed most roads of Kabul were submerged by rainwater, causing traffic jams in the crowded city.
Resident Naveed also expressed concern over water collection on the road, saying all passersby including women were forced to take off their shoes while wading through dirty water in the rainy season.
Kabul Municipality official Wali Zamiacknowledged the problem. However, he said the municipality planned to resolve the issue by digging up drains in Karta-i-Aryana locality this year.
A canal would be constructed in Wazirabad area to address the drainage issue, he said, adding bids would be invited for the project soon.
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