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Darul Aman repair: Kabul to have 4 wastewater filters

Darul Aman repair: Kabul to have 4 wastewater filters

Mar 05, 2018 - 21:39

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) on Monday announced completing initial reconstruction work on the historic Darul Aman Palace.

The ministry said work on fundamental reconstruction of the palace and four wastewater filtration centers would start soon in capital Kabul.

The palace is located eight kilometers southwest of Kabul city. It was built during King Amanullah Khan era in the solar year 1300. The palace has 150 small and big rooms, which initially served as the king’s abode before housing the Ministry of Defense.

The palace has damaged as a result of the civil strife in the 1990s. Most walls of the building had damaged or collapsed and its rooms turned into ruins. Like other key buildings, the majestic structure was pockmarked and blackened by rockets and bullets.

The Cabinet in March 2016 approved the reconstruction plan for the palace and it was expected the construction process would take five years.

However, cleaning, retaining and mapping processes of Darul Aman Palace was started in June 2016.

Nilofar Langar, MoUD spokeswoman, told reporters in Kabul today that the cleaning, retaining and mapping process of the place were completed at a cost of $3 million.

She said fundamental construction process of the palace which would cost $17 million would start in the beginning of next solar year.

Construction companies could take part for the bidding process of this project, Langar added.

On the other hand, she said four wastewater purification centers would be also built in capital Kabul.

Construction work on one of these centers would begin in early 1397 solar year and would complete by the end of the same year, she said.

Langar said three other centers would be built over the next three years. “These four wastewater centers are sufficient for Kabul city.”

She said wastewater would be collected and then filtered in the centers before being used for irrigation, electricity production and liquefied gas. The cost of this project is still not clear.