New Afghan Parliament building to be completed in five months
Urban Development Affairs Minister, Sayed Sadat Mansoor Naderi, announced Sunday that the new Afghan Parliament building will be completed within the next five months.
Minister Naderi visited the construction site together with India’s Ambassador to Kabul, Amar Sinha.
The edifice is being built by India as a gift to the Afghan people aspiring to move towards a peaceful democracy.
Costing USD 220mn, the new building consists of 4 blocks- A (House of People), B (Officers), C (Entrance Lobby) and D (Senate Hall).
Block A is the main parliament hall where parliamentary sessions will be held. Block B consists of two halls for general sessions, dining halls and also a library.
Known as the Entrance Hall, Section C will have a dome constructed of stainless steel and glass which will have five halls for parliamentary commissions in the second floor.
Marbles from Chesht-e-Sharif district have been used for the floor works of the new parliament building. A big administration building, a mosque that could house 400 prayers, a modern library, VIP guesthouse and 350 apartments for the lawmakers have also been considered in the new parliament building.
The new building also consists of 20 lifts, 15 stairs and toilets for men and women in 35 locations.
Built on 40.6 hectares of land, the new parliament building is five times bigger than the current parliament building.
Work on the edifice began in 2009 and was expected to be completed in 36 months; however, due to security situation and delay in availability of construction materials the building was not completed in time.
Apart from the Parliament, India has also undertaken the construction work of the Salma dam project in western Herat province.
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