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A decade on, allotment of land plots remains a pipe dream

A decade on, allotment of land plots remains a pipe dream

Sep 13, 2016 - 14:33

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Despite having ownership documents, residents of eastern Nangarhar province are yet to get plots in the Qasimabad housing scheme in Behsud district.

Buyers claimed making payments a year ago, but the authorities concerned have not allotted them land plots so far. They allege regional strongmen have seized their plots.

Work on the Qasimabad housing scheme in Behsud got under way a decade back. However, problems of the buyers linger on.

Commander Khalil, standing in front of the municipality building in Jalalabad, told Pajhwok Afghan News he had been issued plot ownership papers several years ago.

“I have also made payment to the municipality, which hasn’t bothered handing me my plot,” he complained, asking the governor’s house to address the issue as soon as possible.

Syed Ahmad, a resident of Surkhrod district who has also purchased a plot in the township, grumbled he had not got the possession of his piece of land.

Despite paying visits to different departments, the 55-year-old said, his problem remained unresolved. “The municipality refers us to the governor’s office. From there, we are back to the municipality.

“We are perplexed, having no idea what to do. Aren’t we Afghans?  Don’t we reserve the right to live here?” asked the woebegone man, who does not have a house of his own.

Zarghoona, 45, is caught in a similar predicament. She approached the provincial council to have her concern addressed. She showed Pajhwok her plot documents issued by the municipality.

“I’m a widow, having to take care of orphans. I have deposited hard-earned money in the bank, but my plot allotment dream remains far from coming true,” she lamented.

Provincial Council Secretary Zabihullah Zmarai confirmed receiving occasional complaints from plot owners. He said the grievances had been shared with the relevant quarters.

On the other hand, Attaullah Khogyani, the governor’s spokesman, promised the issue of plot allotments to buyers would be solved soon. 

“Individuals with ownership papers met the governor recently. They were assured of an early disposal of their complaints,” Khogyani added.


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