ANSA introduces new codes for construction
AT News Report
KABUL: Afghanistan National Standard Authority (ANSA) on Sunday introduced code of conducts for builders to overcome challenges in construction field.
Addressing a press conference here, General Director of ANSA, Popalzai Popal said that due to boom in real estate sector the government felt intense need to introduce new rules that would prove helpful to keep check on builders and maintain good quality.
He said that two years ago the government with the financial support of Harakat, a welfare organization, drafted “Afghanistan Building Codes” (ABC). The scheme includes codes on structural, architectural, urban development, and highway and bridge construction. The new scheme was recently approved by Council of Ministers. “Work on highway and bridge code is on cards and will be finalized soon,” he added.
He said the codes were formulated while keeping in mind the geography, landscape, climatic, environmental and cultural requirements of Afghanistan. Four technical committees comprising of government officials, private sector, academic and representatives from associations were formed.
He maintained that the new scheme would be practice on experimental basis for one year. After one year, the codes would be applied in litter and spirit across the country.
“Till-date, ANSA has made different standards for food stuff, medicines, fuel and gas, textile, and cosmetic materials, which are under probationary process all over the country,” said he.
Deputy of ANSA, Mujiburrahman Khateer said that due to lack of standard codes for house building in the past decade, rules of different countries such as, Japan, Russia, Turkey and others were followed by various construction companies. Hence, we can see a number of substandard and incompatible buildings in the country.
He added that ANSA in collaboration with concerned institutions would monitor and assess the buildings that are under construction according to foreign codes.
“ANSA is a new organization in Afghanistan, therefore we need more support from private sector, national and international organs and donors for implementing our strategic plans in a better manner,” he added.
Head of Harakat welfare organization, Nasim Akbar while expressing his pleasure over supporting the ABC project, said that his office had donated $2.3 million for drafting the mentioned codes.
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