President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani participated and delivered speech in third urban conference held yesterday at presidential palace.
In the conference, Sayed Sadat Mansour Nadiri, Minister of Urban Development first praised the country’s President for supporting and paying particular attention to safety of citizens and development programs, saying that due to such supports and continued efforts of colleagues in the ministry, the ministry of urban development has succeeded to complete urban development projects which have been unprecedented in modern history of Afghanistan.
Minister of urban development enumerated imbalanced development, preferring of rural inhabitants to cities, increasing day by day city population, returning of refugees, illegal construction of buildings, lack of residential houses, violating urban laws, inattention to environment and lack of urban infrastructures as main problems in cities of the country, adding that due to such problems, city sector was facing with lots of problems.
“Based on commitments of the second urban conference and for addressing problems in urban sector, high urban council has been created and master plan of the country’s cities have been prepared during the past one year”, Nadiri said, adding that distribution of land document to residents of illegal areas has started and national urban priorities program has also prepared. After hearing the briefings, the country’s President said that a principle problem in urban sector was lack of a particular policy, adding that for urban development sector, foreign assistance was not needed. “My complaint is from the richest people of Kabul, my complaint is not from those who are living on hills of mountains, my complaint is from those who are living in Wazir Akbar Khan area, Shahr-e-Naw, Kart-e-Seh, Kart-e-Char and Khairkhana – your houses cost hundreds thousand dollar some one even million USD, but you are not able to asphalt your streets – daily you pay much to your guards, while you could asphalt your streets by that much money – thanks of this system you have reached to anything and now it is needed to give charity based on Islamic principles”, President stated. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani asserted that three phases as analysis, policy and execution should be considered for doing each work, otherwise possibilities would be used uselessly.