Income from public car park goes to private pockets
PUL-I-ALAM (Pajwhok): Residents say private individuals are receiving income from a parking facility in front of the police headquarters in the capital of central Logar province.
The parking facility was built on a government’s land two years ago in front of the police HQ in Pul-i-Alam.
Logar’s acting mayor Eng. Syed Agha Sadat told Pajhwok Afghan News the municipality had established only two car parks in the city.
“The car park in front of the police building does not belong to us. Its income is not given to us. It is an illegal facility,” he said.
He said he did not know who received the park’s income, but said they had sent a number of official letters to the police headquarters about the park, but could not receive a positive response.
The car park is built on a plain land in front of the police building and a barbed wire is put around it.
A wooden booth is placed at the entrance to the car park. A man named Ashiqullah sits at the booth and he gives a special card to owners of vehicles and motorcycles using the park.
“The price of car parking ticket for visitors of the police headquarters is 30 afghanis” is written on the card.
Ashiqullah told Pajhwok Afghan News the car park was for visitors of the police headquarters. He charged a motor car 30 afghanis, a motorcycle 20 afghanis and a bicycle 10 afghanis.
He said he was on the job over the past two years against 7,000 afghanis salary per month. He said up 100 vehicles, motorcycles and bicycles daily parked in the facility.
To a question, he said, he gave the money to the one who had appointed him there, but he did not name the person.
A resident of Pul-i-Alam, Ajmal, told Pajhwok Afghan News: “Whenever I visit the police headquarters, I use the same park. They charge 30 afghanis, but keep care of my car.”
He did not know where the car park’s income goes. “I don’t know about that,” he said.
Crime branch chief at the police headquarters, Col. Mohammad Jan Abid, told Pajhwok Afghan News the car park came into being two years ago.
He said income from the car park did not go to the government but into pockets of some officials inside the police headquarters.
He said an investigation into the matter had been launched and those involved would be punished in accordance with the law.
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