Kabul city mayor Muhammad Yunus Nawandish has said that all the grabbed lands in the city would be reclaimed soon by the state and turned into recreational areas for the Kabulites.
He expressed these views while addressing the ground breaking ceremony of a new public park in the down town Sehat-i-Aama (Public Health) square in Kabul. Nawandish revealed that various green belts and amenity plots have been captured by influential individuals.
“The influential people, who have erected illegal townships in the city would ultimately be made accountable one day, I would not officially recognize these townships and would not grant these land grabbers the official lease documents”, the mayor announced.
Three months ago, some members of the lower house of Afghan parliament (Wolesi Jirga) alleged the mayor for corruption. Their demand to dismiss the mayor was, however, turned down by the president. The retaliated with the claims that the agitating parliamentarians were involved in land grabbing.
The new park in the city would be built at stretch of 1000 sq meters and would cost some 320, 000 dollars, which would be granted by the United States government.
The mayor also announced to build women only park in the city near the Abdul Haq square in a bid to provide second such facility for the ladies in the metropolis.
Nasreen Sabri, the officer in charge of floral affairs in the capital said on the occasion that the Kabul municipality has aimed to develop at least five new parks in the city.
She added that some 26 parks have been developed in the last four years and a total of 36 public parks existed in the Afghan capital Kabul.
source: Pajhwok Afghan News