LASHKARGAH: A senior officials has accused some organisations of inordinate delays in completion of reconstruction projects in Lashkargah, capital of the southern Helmand province.

Substandard materials were used in the schemes, alleged Lashkargah Mayor Haji Muhammad Dawood at a groundbreaking ceremony for a green belt in the city.

The green area, having a length of 1,000 metres, is being constructed in the middle of the main road. The project will be completed at the cost of 5,000 US dollars in three months.

Speaking to Pajhwok Afghan News, the mayor said funds for the project were being provided by the municipality.

Dawood added they were trying to implement maximum plans within their meagre budget. However, he complained, some companies busy in reconstruction works were delaying the projects and ignoring quality.

Without naming any company or non-governmental organisation (NGO), the mayor said they did not complete even a small project in years. He demanded of foreign NGOs and donor countries to ensure maximum participation of Afghan government departments in reconstruction schemes.

Helmand Governor Muhammad Gulab Mangal said construction of the green belt would add to the beauty of the provincial capital.


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