Residents least bothered about Kabul cleanliness: Officials
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some officials on Saturday ticked off residents for evincing little interest in participating in municipality-arranged drives to spruce up the nation’s capital.
The most polluted capital in the world, Kabul inhabitants’ lack of enthusiasm to keep the city clean, vehicular emissionsand an absence of civic education are the main reasons behind growing pollution.
Nisar Ahmad Habibi Ghori, head of the cleanliness department at the municipality, said people had no interest in voluntarily taking part in cleaning drives. He also lashed out at the municipality for failing to motivate citizens.
He explained the municipality kicked off a cleanliness drive in every district on Thursdays and Fridays, but not a single person came forward to help workers.
Habibi said the municipality was facing a shortage of vehicles and other equipment used in cleaning the city. Around 30 to 35 vehicles have developed technical faults while shifting the garbage out of the city.
Workers of the cleanliness department shifted garbage at night out of the city, but people dump trash in wrong places.For this, the official said, the municipality was unduly panned.
Aziz Ahmad Saleh, director of the cleanliness branch in the 4th municipality district, also grumbled about the lack of public interest in cleanliness programmes.
He estimated 650,000 people lived in the 4rth municipality district and 160 personnel were not enough to maintain cleanness in the area.
Mohammad Hassan Malikzada, the cleanliness department director in the 3rd municipality district, claimed more than 70 percent of people placed garbage at improper spots.
Residents of some neighbourhoods, however, are taking steps for the removal of rubbish from their localities. Mehdi Fitrat, a resident of Dasht-i-Barchi, said: “There is a lot of garbage in our area and the municipality pays little attention to it. We have talked to a private company for its removal.”
Prof. Wafa Rahman, a Kabul University teacher and environmentalist, said there was need for a strong campaign to spread awareness about urban life and protection of the environment. Keeping the environment clean was a shared duty of municipality and citizens, he explained.
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