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Baghlan residents: Uplift projects wastage of resources

Baghlan residents: Uplift projects wastage of resources

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Aug 04, 2015 - 10:49

PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): The rural rehabilitation and development department in northern Baghlan province expressed optimism implementation of over 1,000 projects would help benefit thousands of families, but residents dubbed some of the schemes wastage of resources.

Many uplift projects ranging from transportation and educationinfo-icon to good governance have been executed in the province, said Eng. Abdul Rab Hakimi, director rural rehabilitation.

Gravelling of roads, construction of protective walls, dozens of schools, healthinfo-icon clinics and water canals were done on a priority basis. More than 120,000 families benefitted from the projects, which cost around two billion afghanis, he said. “The projects have brought about positive changes to the lives of people.”

Some local elders, however, blasted some projects for poor quality, calling them waste of money. Shah Mohammad, head of farmers’ cooperative in Dahan-e-Ghori district, said dozens of kilometres of protective walls have been built, sans any quality.

“Majority of these walls are weak and cannot withstand heavy floods. Some of them have already been destroyed,” he claimed, stressing the need for the judicious use of public funds.

Mohammad Nasim Mudaber, a local elder from Andarab district, said: “these projects have not been distributed evenly in all districts. For example in Baghlan-e-Markazi district more than 200 projects have been implemented, while in Burka district around 20.”

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