Bidding for 2 mines in Kandahar held in abeyance
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): The bidding process and contract signing for two precious stone mines have been suspended in southern Kandahar province due to deteriorated security situation in areas where the riches are situated.
The decision was taken by Governor Dr. Humayun Azizi during a weekly meeting in which government officials and Provincial Council members took part.
At the meeting, Azizi ordered the provincial Mine and Petroleum department to suspend the contract and bidding process of magnetite stone mine in Khakrez district and marble stone deposit in the Shah Walikot district.
The governor believed excavation work could not go ahead smoothly until the security situation was improved.
According to new and old researches, 30 mines of different natural resources exist at more than 17 locations of Kandahar province. They include fluorite, chromite, iron, gold, marble, magnetite, zinc, coal, highly precious and semi-precious stones.
Mine and Petroleum Director Eng. Khan Aqa acknowledged insecurity had hampered the mining of natural resources in the province.
He said the governor had assured residents of Shah Walikot and Khakrez districts that the development of natural resources would be launched once the law and order was restored.
He said despite security issues, a ten-year contract of fluorite mine had been signed. The mine is situated in Nesh district about 160 kilometres from Kandahar city, the provincial capital.
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