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Mafia impeding projects in Kabul: Mayor

Mafia impeding projects in Kabul: Mayor

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Jul 18, 2013 - 15:33

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The Kabul mayor alleged on Thursday that some mafia groups were out to impeded the implementation of development projects in the nation’s capital.

At a ceremony marking the resumption of work on a 4.5 kilometres road between Pul-i-Sukhta and Darul Aman Palace, the mayor said the project would be constructed at a cost of $11 million.

Funded by the Turkish government, the 60-metre-wide would be completed in 300 days, Mohammad Nawandesh told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Preliminary work on the road was stopped due to problems created by some elements and residents’ refusal to offer their lands for the project, he said.

As the municipality struggled for resuming work, some members of land mafia and powerful individuals created problems, he said, explaining there were similar hurdles to the implementation of other schemes.

He rejected allegations that the projects implemented by the municipality were of low quality, insisting they closely monitored the execution of all uplift plans in Kabul.

A member of parliament, Syed Husain Alami Balkhi, praised the municipality’s development initiatives and urged the people to cooperate with the department.

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