HEC approves transport master plan for Kabul
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chaired by President Ashraf Ghani, the High Economic Council (HEC) on Tuesday approved a draft ‘transport master plan’ to deal with traffic jams and air pollution in central capital Kabul, the Presidential Palace said.
During the meeting, Water and Energy Minister Ali Ahmad Osmani presented a draft report on investment in the third phase of the Kajaki hydropower dam and the Bagh Dara dam in central Kapisa province, saying two companies were willing to invest in the projects.
Calling the schemes as part of plans for self-sufficiency of Afghanistan, the minister said the Bagh Dara dam had the capacity to produce power and provide clean drinking water to Kabul. He said the Kajaki dam would resolve electricity problem of Kandahar and three neighbouring provinces.
It was decided in the meeting to accelerate the investment process of the dams and provide necessary facilities for companies willing to invest in the schemes.
Meanwhile, Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Mohammadullah Batash presented a comprehensive draft for stable transport at the meeting and said if enforced, the master would help overcome traffic jams, waste of time and air pollution.
A traffic control centre would be established and all traffic issues would be recorded and controlled and the draft plan would also help enforce rule of law, he said.
After discussion, the council approved both the projects and passed the transport master plan aimed at improving the transportation system in the country, the statement added.
The issue of illegal SIMs which could be used in criminal activities was also discussed in the meeting and it was decided that the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology would hold meetings with telecom companies on the issue, the statement concluded.
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