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100,000 Residential Houses To Be Built In Kabul, Officials

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Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Following start of global community mission in Afghanistan in 2001, international donors generously raised huge financial assistance to Afghanistan to support the war-devastated country in different areas of socioeconomic dimensions mainly establishment of highways, schools, health centers, hospitals and renovation of basic infrastructure, but despite international focus on Afghanistan, special focus not paid on construction of residential houses in the country to facilitate those families suffering from none existence of residential blocks and proper shelters and with consideration of this requirement, recently a memorandum of understanding signed between officials of Afghanistan’s ministry of urban development and housing and a Russian company which will pave the way for construction of nearly 100,000 residential plots in capital city Kabul which gets overcrowded daily as a result of population flow from the villages.
For overall assessment of the project, The Kabul Times correspondent has discussed the topic with Nawaz Bakhtiar chairman of housing enterprise of Afghanistan’s ministry of urban developments as follows.
The housing enterprise has signed a contract with a Russian housing company to ensure establishment of at least 100,000 residential houses in capital Kabul and the concerned company has pledged to construct these houses in accordance to latest requirements and international standards within one year, said Nawaz Bakhtiar chairman of housing enterprise of ministry of urban development in his exclusive interview with The Kabul Times reporter.
Before implementation of the project, two housing factories are expected to build by the concerned company with cost of $50 million each in premises of housing enterprise within the seven months and practice work on these projects will be initiated by the end of January 2013 and implementation of the project will facilitate at least 4000 people to get jobs, Nawaz Bakhtiar said.
Pointing out areas where these residential houses are expected to be built, Nawaz Bakhtiar said that these houses will be established in area of 4th Microrayan onward to Kabul International Airport road, Khawja Rawash and 26 Dalwa townships adding that ministry for urban development is formulating a strategic plan in this respect in accordance with constitution and with consideration of that the concerned organ is trying to facilitate the people and ensure economic growth of the country and ministry of urban development realizes that housing was the fundamental need of the people in the country these days.
Responding to a query regarding those eligible to get plots, Nawaz Bakhtiar said based on the long term economic planning of the ministry of urban development, these residential houses will be allotted to those at less than 10,000 annually adding that consultations with banks are underway to provide enough sufficient funds to the house construction companies and provide these houses to the people in long-term installments and fortunately government of Islamic republic of Afghanistan has assured to provide nearly $100 million for this purpose.
A local resident Safi warmly welcomed the contract for establishment of 100,000 residential houses in capital city and said that completion of the project will help thousands of people to get rid of rented houses and added that it will also support economic activities in the country.
The contract for construction of 100,000 residential houses is signed between Afghan officials and the Russian company at a time after same type of agreement was signed with a private construction company previously according to which 14820 residential blocks were supposed to be constructed by the concerned company in Kabul province.

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