Road blockades in Ghazni City pique commuters
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Residents of the capital of southern Ghazni province on Wednesday complained many city roads had been blocked by police and the governor’s house, creating problems for the people.
All roads near the police headquarters and the governor’s house have been blocked for traffic in Ghazni City. Mohammad Ashraf, who sells eatables near the police headquarters, noted the blockades with concern.
He told Pajhwok Afghan News police had blocked all important roads.“My sales have slumped after the closure of the roads. In the past, my sales tended to soar in Ramadan, but now the situation is altogether different.”
A taxi driver, Nabiullah, also grumbled: “We are forced to ply alternative roads for 20 minutes to cover a five-minute distance; we are really in trouble.”He blamed police for placing blast walls on different roads of the city.
Mohammad Arif, another resident of Ghazni City, believed security could not be improved by blocking roads and erecting barriers. Proper institutional measures and operational plans were needed to cope with the challenge, he argued.
A provincial council member, Mohammad Hassan Reza Yousafi, confirmed residents were facing problems due to the blast walls placed on roads. He urged the officials concerned should remove road barriers and avoid creating problems for the people.
However, the governor’s spokesman, Javed Salangi, said roads had not been closed.“We don’t block roads that create problems.”
However, he acknowledged the placement of barriers on some routes to ease traffic congestion in the city. The governor’s house will reopen the roads if their blockades have really created trouble for the masses.
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