Logar mayor seeks funds for Pul-i-Alam development
PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): The acting mayor for central Logar province has blamed his predecessors for ignoring development needs of Pul-i-Alam, the provincial capital, saying the municipality budget is spent on unnecessary tasks.
Sayed Agha Sadat, in an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, acknowledged the facilities and civic amenities needed by the people had not been provided. He complained of inadequate funds even for elemental projects.
Logar residents are yet to gain access to potable drinking water, a canalisation system, asphalted roadsand recreation parks. These are among the top priorities of the municipality, but have not been implemented so far.
Sadat assailed previous mayors for what he called their negligence. “They arbitrarily distributed land plots and wasted the municipality’s budget without providing any facilities. They only lined their own pockets over the years.”
However, he did not name anyone.He revealed municipality expenses were higher than its revenue.The cabinet should allocate a special budget for the Logar municipality to help it implement development projects in the province this year, he said.
Sadat added an organisation recently assured him of implementing some development projects and improving the capacity of municipality workers.
Daud Milma, head of Merchants’ Council of Pul-i-Alam, accused the municipality of having failed to provide efficient services to the people.“Most of roads are yet to be paved; the city has no a clean water supply and recreation parks.”
Niaz Mohammad, a resident of the city, said the people were suffering many problems in the absence of asphalted roads.“In winter, roads are full of mud. In summer, they are covered by dust,creating health hazards.” He urged the government to pay special attention to the provincial capital.
The governor’s spokesman, Salim Saleh, held the same view. “The governor’s house is fully committed to working for Pul-i-Alam’s beautification. We have already approved a clean water supply project and plan construction of roads and recreation parks. But we have no funds.”
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