Ghazni officials say “Land grabbers usurping ancient sites”
Sat May 26, 11:33 am
The local officials in Ghazni express concerns over the usurpation of ancient sites and the roadsides of Kabul-Kandahar highway.
The powerful people in Ghazni have grabbed lands where they have built filling stations, residential units and factories, local authorities said.
Based on the city planning, the edges of Kabul-Kandahar highway were considered for greeneries while in each step a filling station was seen there, Deputy Governor of Ghazni Ahmad Ali Ahmadi said.
The Deputy Head of Ghazni Provincial Assembly, Abdul Jamay Jamay, accuses the municipality of corruption, saying he has taken thousands of US dollars from the owners of filling stations located at the roadsides of Kabul-Kandahar highway.
But the Ghazni Mayor rejected the claims, saying they had ordered the filling station owners to operate after the municipality engineers completed surveying the areas and locations of the stations.
He said in order to increase the municipality revenues the filling stations were temporarily given the work permits.
Expressing concerns about the confiscation of ancient sites, head of Ghazni Information and Culture department said he had not the authority to avoid people from grabbing the archeological sites of the province.
The issue of usurpation of ancient sites comes as Ghazni is set to be the center of Islamic Civilization by the year 2013.
According to the Ghazni officials, the reconstruction and restoration work of the archeological sites of Ghazni has been too slow which shows Ghazni is not prepared for 2013 to host the title of the center of Islamic civilizations.