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Municipality blames Kabul congestion on vendors

Municipality blames Kabul congestion on vendors

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Mar 10, 2018 - 16:58

KABUL (Pajhwok): Amidst efforts to bring them to a specific place, the presence of around 90,000 vendors in different parts of the capital has resulted in traffic congestion, an official said on Saturday.

Kabul Municipality spokesman Abdul Jalil Sultani, speaking exclusively to Pajhwok Afghan News, called traffic congestion and crowding the main issue being faced by the city. He linked the presence of 90,000 vendors to the growing traffic snarl-ups.

In the past, the official recalled, there was no strategy for controllingubiquitous stallers across the capital. But a comprehensive plan put in in two years ago is currently being implemented.

The management of vendors, identifying a specific location for them, their management was including in the strategy the implementation of this plan would help reduce traffic in Kabul City.

He said the management of hawkers in overcrowded areas of Kabul, such as Pul BaghOmumi, Kota Sangi, Karte Naw, Sara-i-Shamali and other parts, would be accorded priority.

According to Sultani, all vendors should register themselves in a database of municipality to get the temporary licence free of cost. Later on, in accordance with the strategy, they have to buy handcarts.

He added the municipality had not inked any agreement with any company and the vendors could get handcarts from firms of their choice. With the implementation of new strategy, he hoped, no other entity would extort vendors -- an issue that would be resolved.

The official said the construction of specific bazaars and stalls for vendors had been initiated and would be completed in a year. With the launch of these markets, all hawkers would be relocated there.

Work on a 25,000 metres fence in different parts of the city had been launched to separate footpaths from roads, the municipality spokesman concluded.

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