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New building of parliament to be ready in six months: Naderi

Abdul Zuhoor Qayomi-KABUL: New parliament building that India is constructing will be ready in next six months.

The Minister of Urban and Development Affairs (MUDA), Sayed Saadat Mansoor Naderi, and Indian ambassador to Kabul, Amar Sinha, visited the construction site of the project on Sunday. They said that the project will be completed in six months. A number of parliamentarians were also present on the occasion.

The project of new building of parliament is funded by New Delhi at the total cost of $220 million.

Naderi appreciated India for funding the project and said that the project shows close ties between Kabul and New Delhi.

He also thanked India for supporting Afghanistan in different areas.

Indian ambassador termed relations between Afghanistan and India as time-tested. “Construction of the building is a joint product of Afghans and Indians, for all stone masonry and electric work of the project is done by Afghan companies and engineers of the project are Indians,” said Amar Sinha.

A press statement issued of the MUDA said the new building contains separate plenary halls, committee meeting rooms, administrative offices for both Wolesi Jirga and Meshrano Jirga with total area of 57,000 square meters.

The project also includes construction of a mosque that can accommodate 400 worshipers at a time and a library with capacity of 1,000 books. Construction of 350 apartments is also part of the project.

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