In a meeting chaired by President Ghani and attended by several ministers including those of urban development and transport, as well as Kabul’s acting mayor, the president called for partnership between public and private sectors to develop Kabul.
“Kabul city boundaries should be identified and legal issues concerning planned and unplanned residential properties and areas need to be addressed,” citing the president, the statement added.
With a population of more than 5 million people, the capital Kabul city has been facing a variety of problems including pollution, traffic mess and shortage of drinking water, among others.
The president stressed for solution of all problems included proper city transport system, sewage system, proper use of hilltops, greenery, house construction, moving government offices out of urban centers, integrating and mixing population, standardizing construction affairs, reviving historical sites, normalizing land prices and rent rates and promoting the principle of ownership feeling, said the statement.
Proper service provision against taxes, promoting the culture of taxpaying, increasing educational and academic opportunities, environmental protection and public participation in development efforts particularly women and the poor are also on the list of the problems faced by the capital city, the statement went on to say.
President Ghani also instructed concerned entities to prepare a comprehensive and practicable plan for the development of Kabul city in its earliest and present it to the office of the President, the statement further said.
President has earlier emphasized the completion of Kabul ring road and asphalting all streets within the densely populated city.