Hundreds of development projects in Bamyan hamstrung: Governor
KABUL CITY (Pajhwok): Around 300 development projects in central Bamyan province could not be completed due to corruption in contracts with private companies, local officials alleged on Saturday.
The uplift schemes include hospitals, schools, dams and wells, Governor Mohammad Tahir Zohair said, acknowledging the delay caused trouble for the masses. One key reason was the slow progress of work was the award of contracts by the ministries, he noted.
According to the governor, provincial departments were unable to monitor the projects properly for legal reasons. Zohair alleged the companies, which had been granted project contracts, were either based in Kabul or had ceased to function.
Mohammad Hassan Asadi, a provincial council member, said the Tor Ghar Construction Company had been granted a contract for the construction of a retaining wall. Only half of the project has been done, but the firm has vanished into thin air.
A 30-bed hospital, whose construction was initiated by the Ittefaq Mirzad Company in 2009, was scheduled to be completed in two years. However, only 20 percent work had been executed so far, he claimed.
The firm was to pay three million afghanis to shopkeepers for the materials it had purchased from them, the provincial council member alleged. Since the bidding process was far from transparent, most of contracts were awarded on the basis of nepotism and political cronyism.
Ali Ahmad, a shopkeeper in Wars district, blasted the Ittefaq Mirzad, Company for failing to pay shopkeeper their money. The firm had promised them to pay the loans after receiving project funds, he continued.
Education Director Mohammad Ayub Amiri said as many as 101 development projects related to his departments had come to a halt. Of the 338 schools in the province, none has its own building. Earlier, 18 employees of the department, including its head and deputy head, were dismissed and jailed on corruption charges.
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