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Municipality doubles budget for Mazar uplift

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Municipality doubles budget for Mazar uplift

The municipality department in northern Balkh province plans to double development funds for Mazar-i-Sharif this year, the mayor said on Tuesday.

Twenty-five development projects would be implemented this fiscal year in the provincial capital, said  Mayor Yunus Muqeem

He said schemes executed last year included a10-kilomentre road, graveling of a 20 km road, 20 small bridges, drains along roads, repairing a three-storey building of the municipality, the construction of Sina Stadium and cleanliness of the city.

Some other projects, including a road leading to the police headquarters, a park at the customs house, design of a three star hotel, surrounding walls and construction of a marketplace in Karta-i-Solha were in different stages of completion, he said, hoping the schemes would be completed this year.

However, a resident of the second police district, Abdullah Qarizada, said the Massoud road and another road near the telecommunications department were in a rundown condition. He claimed low quality materials had been used in construction of the roads.

Despite repeatedly calls, no one had so far paid attention to the construction of roads in the populated Sayedabad area, another resident, Haji Abdu, said. However, he said toads in some less populated areas had properly been constructed.

The mayor said he valued public opinions, promising efforts at bringing improvement in his department’s activities.

Muqeem said they could not repair a road overnight as they had go by a proper plan, adding they planned to double funds meant for carrying out development activities in the city this, compared to the previous year.

Last year, he said, they spent 600 million afghanis on reconstruction projects, but this time they had allocated one billion and 20,000 afs for the purpose.

This year’s projects included a 25 km road, a building for the municipality’s sanitation department, the proposed Fatiha Hall for women, overhead bridges in some parts of the city, a market for dried fruits, buying lands from residents of Karta-i-Aryana, roads including Behiqi, Baba Qambar, Qalandar Shah and Istalifyan area, a swimming pool in Sina stadium, recreational parks, the eastern gate of the city, a building for the second municipality district office, pavement of different streets and graveling of a 20 km road.

He said the city’s map had been designed 40 years ago and was not suitable for its current one million populations, so the municipally would prepare a new design for the city.

In the new map, he said, Mazar-i-Sharif would be expanded toward the Heratan dry port.

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