Governor wants Jalalabad City to be better managed
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): The governor on Sunday directed the municipality and the traffic department to intensify their efforts at better management of road traffic and remove illegal taxi stands from the provincial capital of eastern Nangarhar province.
In order to observe the situation of traffic and other civic affairs in Jalalabad City, the governor visited various parts of the city and said the municipality and the traffic department had failed in managing traffic and organizing affairs of the city.
He called the existence of streets stalls, the increase in rickshaws and handcarts as main reasons behind the mismanaged city’s affairs.
The governor ordered the authorities concerned to remove illegal taxi stands, stalls and disorganized handcarts from the city as soon as possible.
“The municipality and the traffic department have failed in the city’s management, I have directed them to bring about reforms and if they committed any negligence, the officials concerned will lose jobs.”
Deputy provincial police chief Col. Syed Abbas Sadat told Pajhwok Afghan News that the traffic department and some other departments were not cooperative in managing the city’s affairs.
“The authorities concerned should discharge their responsibilities. Police are responsible for maintaining security. I am certain the traffic department will take action.”
Meanwhile, deputy mayor Eng. Hakim told Pajhwok Afghan News: “It is true we have failed to organize the city’s affairs. One reason is that the city is small but is overpopulated.”
He said the city needed to be expanded and special paces created for handcarts and other similar stalls.
But he said the municipality was working in this regard and the department would take serious the governor’s latest directives.
Sanaullah Shagiwal, a moneychanger who sits in front of the Talashi square, told Pajhwok Afghan News the municipality should identify places for them to do business. “Where should we go?.”
He accused some municipality officials of accepting bribes from handcart owners against allowing them to roam the city’s streets.
A handcar owner, Noor Mohammad, who was selling fresh vegetables, said the government should provide them alternate place for doing business.
“The government does nothing except harassing the poor handcart owners. What should we do, where should we go to eke out a living for out children,” asked the poor man.
Transport Department director Mohammad Ayub Sharafat told Pajhwok Afghan News: “Taxi stands in Jalalabad are known. If drivers call in passengers on roads outside the stand, it is police responsibility to prevent them.”
He said the provincial administration had created a commission of the city’s management and the panel would soon start its task.
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