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KABUL (PAN): Residents of Kabul province complained of growing insecurity, dilapidated sewerage system, bumpy roads and lack of health facilities.
“Uneven streets, insecurity, lack of electricity and poor drainage system mammoth traffic flow amid small roads and absence of adequate health facilities haunt people of the upscale Kabul province,” they complained.
Kabul city has 11 regions and the dilemma is that problems of the rests 15 districts of Kabul province are totally different.
Residents of Kabul’s centre regions said poor traffic rules and ungraveled roads were among problems being confronted by the locals. However, residents of remote regions of the province said they were facing problems of serious nature including absence of potable water, electricity amid sinking education quality because of lack of professional and efficient teachers.
Jamal Ahmad, a resident of fifth region of Kabul province complained interruption in traffic flow was a matter of great concern, adding he could not reach home well before time because of poor traffic rules and regulations.
In his chat with Pajhwok Afghan News, he said: “The distance between my house and office is hardly five kilometres, which normally takes ten minutes but due to bad traffic flow and damaged road, it takes me more than an hour to reach my office.”
Muhammad Hassan, a resident of the forth region of the city sounded similar complaints by saying interrupted flow of traffic; he couldn’t meet his daily deadlines of his work.
Muhammad Azim, a taxi driver from Kabul city said ill traffic system was a source of constant trouble and concern for all commuters. The hike in oil prices and over traffic dealt a severe blow to his monthly income, he added.
“When I get passengers into my car from Wazir Akbar Khan to Mirwais Midan then it takes me more than an hour, which consumes more oil because of traffic logjam. So most of the time, we tend to lose money instead.”
The dwellers of 6th and 13th regions of Kabul city complained from absence of potable water and narrow streets.
Mujtaba Hussaini, a resident of sixth region said that distance between Pul Sokhta and Pul Khoshka was around 13 kilometres but his villagers were unable to reach on time because of long queues of traffic jam.
Wahid Idris Ahmad, a resident of Qalai said his area’s residents were facing acute water shortage as the water level of the wells went down considerably.
“As many as 20 wells in our locality have been dried. We use to bring water from remote places,” he informed.
Azizullah, another resident of 13th regions of Pul Khoshk locality said the facility of electricity was available in the suburbs of his village but they were deprived of power supply.
Abdul Hussain, another resident of the same locality said the private sector had helped ensured provision of drinking water.
Muhammad Arif, a resident of the 9th region of Zaman Khan village said that he had 3 kilometres distance from Arg presidential palace and Qalai Zaman Khan, adding that the streets were in dilapidated condition creating unspeakable hardships for commuters during rain.
Residents said construction work on Qalai Zaman Khan, linking to Ahmad Shahbaba and Kabul city six years back it could not be completed so far.
Ghulam Rabbani of the same locality said robbery bids were on rise elsewhere in the area. Samiullah, a resident of De Sabiz district said though security was good in his locality, public services were in shambles.
He said villages situated toward the Safi Mountain northwestern sides were deprived of almost basic facilities of life, adding that students took almost an hour to reach their schools.
Residents of De Sabiz district demanded the government should adopt stringent measures to build streets, roads, schools and health facilities in an apparent attempt to win the favour and support of locals.
Residents of Bagrami district complained their land was grabbed by armed groups and individuals. Abdul Karim, another resident of the district said that land grabbers shot dead owners of the land in an attempt to grab their land but authorities were unable to take action against the armed groups.
Residents of Mohsin Kala locality said they had no access to medical facilities one the one hand while on the other the schools of the area were facing acute shortage of profession teachers.
“We are facing with difficulties including unpaved streets and roads, absence of electricity, communication, health services, clean drinking water and efficient teachers,” said a local elder.
He said security had been bolstered in his area but Taliban militants used to stage attacks on street guards, labourers and workers.
Residents of Khak Jabar of Srobi district complained of growing insecurity, adding Taliban had been operating in some villages remote areas but the security officials were unable to adopt stringent security measures to flush out militants.
Jahi Bismillah, a resident of Ozbin region of Srobi district said Taliban were harassing locals and creating problems, demanding the government should action to root out the menace.