October 31st is the World Cities Day which aims to mobilize efforts in overcoming challenges in cities.
A Look At Kabul In Line With World Cities Day
As we are approaching World Cities Day which is October 31, the question that arises in everyone’s minds is that although numerous projects have been implemented in Kabul and other cities in the past decade in the country, is Kabul in line with global cities standards?
The question mostly focusses on environmental and traffic issues which are a big challenge in cities.
In this report, TOLOnews journalist Tamim Hamid has interviewed three Afghan youths of whom one has come from a rural area for a career in Kabul and two others are planning to give a hand in overcoming the existing challenges in Kabul city.
Jawad Tawakoli 23, left Herat province four months ago and came to Kabul with his family to start a career at a private company. Jawad said due to his career, he must put up with many challenges in Kabul, even in his work environment.
“In contrast to other cities, there are more people and traffic in Kabul,” said Tawakoli.
But how long will it take for a person like Jawad, who has come from a place with no air pollution and traffic problems, to get used to life in a city like Kabul?
Tawakoli said for having a less polluted and more organized city, peoples’ cooperation with government is a precondition.
“In Herat people have worked a lot with the government and government was able to implement more infrastructure projects there,” Tawakoli.
However, despite all the challenges and lack of cooperation between people and government for improving the city situation, there are youths who have dedicated their efforts to resolving the challenges in Kabul.
A Kabul resident, Aryan Paktyar, has prepared a 10 articles street development plan that according to him not only will be useful in overcoming corruption, but also will increase government revenue.
“By implementing this plan, the traffic system will change to a circle shape. Using city busses have been considered in this plan and also traffic fines are computerized,” said Paktyar.
Another Afghan youth, Agha Malook Sahar, who graduated from computer science faculty has developed a software program to digitalize traffic management in big cities of the country.
“Not only can traffic use this application, but people also can cooperate via this application with the traffic police. Whenever there are any traffic or terrorist incidents, people can inform the traffic police through the app,” said Sahar.
The United Nations General Assembly has designated the 31st of October as World Cities Day to overcome problems that have resulted from urbanization.