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Kabul municipality signs mega contracts with Arab firm

ARAB FIRMKABUL: The Kabul municipality on Monday signed four contracts for several major projects including a high-speed transport system and ground water management with an Arab company.

Acting mayor Prof. Abdullah Habibzai signed the contracts with Dr. Ramzan Harb, deputy director of Khatib & Alami Company in the presence of President Ashraf Ghani at the Presidential Palace.

Abdul Qadir Arzo, the Kabul municipality spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News under the contracts, the Arab company would establish a high-speed transport system, review designs of towering buildings, improve capacity of municipality workers and observe projects during their implementation.

He said the cost of the projects was yet to be cleared, but the implementation of each project would take two to five years.

Khatib & Alami Company would also take part in choosing urban buses besides building high-speed transport routes, Arzo added.

Mayor Prof. Abdullah Habibzai, while signing the contracts, said 111 kilometers of roads would be asphalted in busy Kabul areas for the high-speed transport system.

He said practical training of municipality workers, studying designs and observation of more than 20 kilometers of roads in different parts of Kabul city, redesigning of intersections that caused traffic jams, creation of infrastructure, management of ground and irrigation water, cleaning and reconstruction of the Kabul River and reviewing designs of buildings were among the contracts.

Under the contracts, Khatib and Alami Company is also responsible to monitor construction projects and assess contracts of buildings’ construction in Kabul city, he added.

With implementation of the projects, traffic snarls in the city would decrease and people would find access to high-speed transportation system. He said air contamination by vehicles would be prevented and rainwater would be used for irrigation of recreation and green areas.

The projects’ implementation would also generate jobs for around 100,000 people, the mayor said, but did not provide the cost of the projects. -Pajhwok


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