MAIMANA (Pajhwok): Residents of northwestern Faryab province warned on Sunday against funding funds for electricity projects in the districts of Almar and Qaisar in the 2021 budget.
Provincial Council members and some Fayab residents claim that work on the Abgardan dam started at a cost of $ 53 million in 2009, but their contract was revoked after 10 years. All the machinery was damaged and sold on the market as scrap.
In addition, work on another Abgardan dam was launched in the Pashtonkot district at a cost of $ 37 million, but the contracting company stopped working because the funds could not be provided to them in due time.
They said President Ashraf Ghani again promised to transfer electricity to the districts of Almar and Qaisar, but he broke his promise by cutting funds allocated to projects in the 2021 budget.
Mohammad TahirRahmani, the head of the Provincial Council, said: “Some employees of the center, due to their discriminatory mentality, do not want national projects to be implemented in this remote province. This project can help to eradicate poverty and employment in these areas. “
He said the president had promised twice to transfer electricity to the districts of Almar and Qaisar. This project has a cost of US $ 30 million, he added.
Afghanistan’s Breshana Shirkat was ready to launch the work, but the Ministry of Finance removed funds from the project in the 2021 budget.
“Faryab province is out of sight of the central authorities, once again we ask the president to keep his promises and release funds for the projects,” said Rahmani.
Haji Ghulam Sakhi, an influential person, said that more than 100,000 residents of the district have long dreamed of electricity, harboring hopes with promises made by senior officials.
He said that the residents of Almar 10 years ago collected 500 to 2,000 afs from each family and acquired three hectares of land in the center of the district to install a substation.
He said that if electricity is transferred to the district of Almar, it will improve people’s quality of life. People will become familiar with television and technology and their economic condition will improve, he added.
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