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Logar residents warn of halting work on highway

Logar residents warn of halting work on highway

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Apr 08, 2018 - 15:24

PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): Residents have warned of halting ongoing construction work on the Kabulinfo-icon-Gardez highway if the process of land acquisition is not completed soon.

Work on the Kabul-Gardez highway, kicking off two years back, is still ongoing. The land acquisition process, part of the project, has been snail-paced, affected owners complain.

Bismillah, a resident of the Safaid Sang area of Mohammad Agha district, told Pajhwok Afghan News the second Kabul-Gardez road passed through their lands.

“The road occupies one acre land of mine. The government had pledged two years back providingcompensationto those who have lost their land.But the authorities have failed to honour the promise.”

Mahboob, hailing from the Zahidabad area, situated close to the road, said: “Nearly 10 acres of land in our village have been provided for the road. But nobody has received compensation yet.”

He added: “1.5 acres of my land has been lost to the road. An acres accounts for 200,000 afghanis. The government should compensate me.” They hasvisited the governor’s house several times but no one had heard their voices, he grumbled.

Abdul Wali Wakeel, deputy head of the provincial council, saidthe Gardez-Kabul road was an important national project.“Under the law, the government has to pay money for a piece of land or house acquainted for national projects.

“The Kabul-Gardez road is a national project and the government should pay recompense to the affected people,” argued the public representative, who called for an amicable settlement of the issue.

Saleem Saleh, the governor’s spokesman, confirmed to Pajhwok Afghan News the government had not yet paid the affected individuals. “These people often come and we convey their demands to higher authorities…”

Work on the Kabul-Gardez highway, which will be completed in three phases, was launched in 2016.

nh/mud

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