KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): A cold storage having the capacity to store 3,000 metric tonnes of goods in the airport in southern Kandahar province is on the verge of becoming scrap as the government is not allowing its transfer by a company that has purchased it, Pajhwok Afghan News learned on Tuesday reliably.
The transferable cold store was purchased by TawakulSadaat Company (TSC) two years ago from foreigners but the government has stopped its transfer without any reason, according to the company officials.
TSC has a cold storage with the capacity of 2,500 tonnes in the Shorandam locality of Kandahar City, the company also owned vehicles with freezer and stores fresh fruits and other items of farmers annually.
TSC employee Mohammad Agha told Pajhwok Afghan News they provided services of agriculture products storage and export in Kandahar City from the past four years.
In order to expand these services Agha said their company purchased a cold store in Kandahar Airport with 3,000 tonnes of storage facility. Earlier, it belonged to ANHAM Company that held contract with foreigners and kept their food items.
After the reduction of foreign forces, the cold store stopped functioning and it was sold to different companies. Finally their company bought the facility two years ago from NaviJahan Company.
He also shared relevant documents with Pajhwok Afghan News and said they bought the cold storage against $205,000 but when they wanted to transfer the facility to Shorandam area the Ministry of Defence (MoD) officials stopped them from doing so.
He added MoD officials stopped them from transferring the facility when seven to eight parts of the facility were already delivered to Shorandan area.
He said a delegation comprising officials from MoD, National Directorate of Security, Economic Commission and Agriculture Ministry arrived for inspection and investigation but their problem was still in place and not resolved.
Mohammad Agha also shared some documents with Pajhwok Afghan News in this regard.
He added the cold store was TSC property with no legal constraints, the company offer services to the farmers and Kandahar province but still they did not know where the problem is.
According to Mohammad Agha, ANHAM Company headed by former government official JavedLodin through an e-mail made it clear that they have no contract with the government to provide their storage to the government officials.
Some officials in Kandahar say they are aware of the matter and often share the issue with officials in the centre.
Assistant Head of the Kandahar Chamber of Commerce Abdul BaqiBena told Pajhwok Afghan News according to their information TSC had purchased a cold store in Kandahar airport from another local company.
He said it was very clear that this cold store would expand the capacity of TSC to store more fruits and agriculture products and this will directly benefit Kandahar farmers.
Kandahar Agriculture Director Syed HafeezullahSaeedi said this cold store was earlier the property of ANHAM Company and used for the storage of vegetables and fruits for foreigners.
He said according to their information the facility had been bought by TSC against $205,000 and some of its parts had already been transferred.
Pajhwok tried to get view point of Atal Military Corps but they declined to comment.