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Huge water network being set up in Kandahar

Huge water network being set up in Kandahar

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Apr 14, 2019 - 15:26

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): A huge water network will be established to provide clean drinking water for residents of the capital of southern Kandahar province.

Currently, inhabitants of Kandahar City, where only 7,000 homes receive piped water, lack the basic facility, says the Afghanistaninfo-icon Urban Water Supply and Sewerage Corporation (AUWSSC) head.

Hamidullah Yalani told Pajhwok Afghan News that a large clean drinking water project would be implemented on Delhi dam to resolve the problem of water in the city.

He said construction of the project would cost $200 million at the financial assistance of Worldinfo-icon Bank. All the residents of Kandahar city would receive water for 24-hour after the completion of the project, he added.

He said many houses and government agencies had not paid their bills for several years. The AUWSSC administration is reliant on its own revenue.

According to AUWSSC information, residents and government institutions owe it 191 million afghanis.

In order to resolve the issue, the president ordered the Ministry of Finance to pay AUWSSC water bills from budgets of relevant agencies.

Another issue, Yalani said, was the high electricity rate. His department is facing losses while supplying water. One kilowatt of electricity costs 25 afghanis while one meter cubic water is sold for 25 afghanis.

Around 340 homes would benefit from clean drinking water with the completion of a project in the 6th police district of Kandahar City.

The project was implemented at a cost of more than four million afghanis provided by UNICEF and the Rural Rehabilitation and Development Department in seven months.

A similar scheme has been completed in the Haji Aziz area of the 5th police district. The $192,000 project will benefit 450 houses.

Construction work on another projects in the 9th police district kicked off under the citizen charter programme, costing $70,000 and benefitting 300 families.

Mohibullah, hailing from the 9th police district, told Pajhwok they were supplied no water at times. As a result, he added, people did not pay their water bills.

He urged people to pay their bills on time as the water network could provide the best solution to their problem.

Abdul Wahid, a resident of Haji Aziz area, said Kandahar City was faced with scarcity of water. He demanded work on the water network be done on a fast-track basis.

Meanwhile, officials promised the immediate launch of work on the project. Other projects include raising the dam walls, providing drinking water for Kandahar City, production of 24MW of electricity and modernisation of agricultural canals.

The projects are being funded by World Bank and Asian Development Bank.

sa/mud

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