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Kandahar City Municipality revenue dips during Covid-19 outbreak

17 Sep 2020 - 11:34
17 Sep 2020 - 11:34

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Kandahar City Municipality has collected 40 percent of its revenue so far this year due to the outbreak of coronavirus, an official said on Thursday.

Kandahar City Mayor Eng. Rafai Hayat told Pajhwok Afghan News during an exclusive interview the outbreak of coronavirus affected the economic condition of the people and this hampered the process of collecting municipality revenue as well.

He said they were able to collect 240 million afs revenue accounted for 40 percent of the total estimated revenue during the six months of the ongoing solar year.

Hayat said the outbreak of coronavirus caused a decline in revenue and had direct impact on their uplift activities as well.

Referring to the revenue collection system, he said the residents of Kandahar Central police districts cooperated with the municipality in revenue collection while in some parts of the city people did not cooperated with the government in revenue collection. Insecurity and lack of interest with urban life also contributed in this regard, he added.

He said municipality services were active in Arghandab, Spinboldark, Maiwand, Zherai, Panjwai and Daman districts as well.

Referring to the corruption allegations, he said it would be incorrect to claim that corruption had been eliminated 100 percent.

He said individuals suspected for corruption are dealt according to the law and their powers are reduced from individuals capacity to collective capacity.

The resident of Kandahar City are somehow happy over the services provided by the municipality but complained against the lack of quality of construction schemes.

Abdul Samad, the resident of Kandahar’s 2nd municipality district, said the Stadium Road damaged just after two months of its rehabilitation.

He said the Municipality pledged the construction of Shakarpour Darwaza road but work on the project could not start.

Khandahar City has 15 municipality district in which officials claimed equal development work and provision of services.

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