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Urban district heads to have more authority: Ghani

Urban district heads to have more authority: Ghani

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Aug 02, 2018 - 23:56

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has stressed the need for proper management of potable water and prevention of the water’s wastage in capital Kabul, saying urban district heads would have more authority in the new municipality law, a statement said Thursday.

The statement from the Presidential Palace to Pajhwok Afghan News said that the president met with acting Kabul mayor and heads of different urban districts on Wednesday evening and discussed with them the provision of standard municipality services to Kabul residents.

Acting Mayor Abdullah Habibzai, municipality cleanliness manager Eng. Ahmad Behzad Gheyasi and heads of some of Kabul urban districts including Faqirullah Amin, Eng. Safiullah Abdi, Ghulam Nabi Rahimi and Mohammad Seddiq Noori spoke on the occasion.

They provided information and suggestions about their programs concerning urban development, industry development, attracting investment, fighting corruption, mobilizing the public against strongmen and vendor’s management to the meeting.

After hearing from them, President Ashraf Ghani said that programs of urban districts should reflect the general image of Kabul city and increased coordination among districts.

He said the municipality should properly identify historic and green areas and come up with a clear picture of its capacity and shortcomings.

Ghani stressed proper management of Kabul’s water and prevention of its wastage and said the municipality should consider public participation and their cooperation in its plans.

He said urban district heads would be granted more authority in the new municipality law. He also stressed over increased cooperation between urban districts and police.

Talking to the acting mayor and urban district heads, the president said that mayors and municipality officials should be accountable to the public and able to convince the people by implementing reformative programs.

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