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Balkh land transport’s revenue up by 20pc

Balkh land transport’s revenue up by 20pc

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Jan 19, 2019 - 18:50

MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The land transport revenue of northern Balkh province has reached to 91 million Afghanis in 1397 fiscal year and 20 percent higher compared to last year, officials said Saturday.

Transport Department officials of Balkh said the reason behind higher revenue collection this fiscal year was some reforms in the department and ports.

Mustafa Sorosh, Baklh Transport Department director, told a conference on Saturday that they collected 20 million Afghanis more in revenue this fiscal year compared the last year.

He said that the main reason behind more revenue was reforms in his department and provincial dry ports.

“We have tried a lot to bring new reforms in the Transport Department and boost our coordination with other relevant organs and that worked,” he said.

Sorosh added serious security problems in north still threaten them that affected the revenue collection process.

“Militants create problems to our transportation tools between Sholgar and Dara-I-Suf districts, insurgents do not allow transportation vehicles to have open movements on this route,” he said.

He said the amount of revenue would had reached 100 million Afghanis this fiscal year if security problems did not threaten them.

Insecurity on highways has affected commercial activities and it stops the revenue to increase, he said.

Sorosh added the amount of revenue would further rise after the system computerized but the department currently had no that capabilities.

However, he said he had some programs for increasing revenue of the province in the next fiscal year and create some more revenue generating sources.

Four new terminals would be created in different parts of Baklh next year, a move that would bring reforms in transportation affairs, he concluded.

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