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President reminded Kandahar airport standardizing vow

President reminded Kandahar airport standardizing vow

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Jan 21, 2020 - 16:59

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Residents of southern Kandahar province say the provincial airport has been named after Ahmad Shah Baba but its services are yet to be standardized despite promises.

Local people say the airport has not been able to provide even normal services.

President Ashraf Ghani on July 3, 2019 renamed the Kandahar airport as Ahmad Shah Abdali airport.

The president had said the airport would be invested after its name was changed.

He had said that Kandahar products would be exported to Gulf, Europe and other countries through this airport.

However, Kandahar residents say services in the airport are still substandard as months had passed since the president’s promises.

Haji Sayed Mohammad, a resident of Kandahar city, the provincial capital, who usually travels to a foreign country, told Pajhwok Afghan News that officials cheated the public by renaming the airport.

Lack of electricity, air conditioning, security cameras, shortage of equipment, toilets, dirty environmentinfo-icon, drug smuggling and many other problems plagued the airport, he said.

He said passengers also faced problems in the transport area  and only a limited number of taxis were allowed to enter the airport.

Mohammad also complained about anomalies in the checking system and said computers suddenly turned off during biometric verification and passengers had to wait for long hours.

The shop inside the terminal is substandard and dirty and there are no enough chairs as well as no air conditioning facility is available for passenger in the airport, he said.

Abdul Hakim, another resident of Kandahar city, said besides many other problems, flights were also delayed most of the times that put people in trouble. He asked officials concerned to respond to the problems.

He said Ahmad Shah Baba International Airport was not even comparable to Herat and Mazar-i-Sharif airports.

Officials have repeatedly promised building the electricity system, air conditioning, installing security cameras, providing chairs, loudspeakers, toilets and others in the airport but they did nothing so far.

Kandahar governor’s spokesman, Baheer Ahmadi said that the governor had recently met with relevant officials and foreign forces representatives in Kandahar airport about finding solution to problems in the airfield.

He said the meeting was attended by 205th Attal Military Corps commander, the Resolute Support commander for southern zone, deputy National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) chief, airport officials and other relevant figures.

He said all problems in the airport and finding solutions to them were discussed in the meeting.

Governor Hayatullah Hayat directed organs concerned to build two public stations equipped with toilets in the airport, he said.

The governor also asked organs concerned to provide needed facilities, identify problems and find solutions to them within one week.

He assured to resolve current problems and provide standard services to passengers in the airport.

The airport has 13,000 acres of yard ---a part of it has been given to foreign forces and in one part 205thAtal Military Corps, and some other firms have established buildings.

Mds/ma

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