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Balkhab coal mines to fund Qush Tepa canal, officials

Balkhab coal mines revenues to be allocated to support Qush Tepa canal, officials The National Development Company (NDC) officials say that the revenue obtained from the Balkhab District’s coal in Sar-epul province is being spent on the construction of the Qush Tepa canal. Chief Executive Officer of the National Development Corporation Abdul Rahman Attash, says that after the responsibility of the Balkhab District’s coal mine was entrusted to his company, the extraction by the public has been prohibited. The Balkhab District of Sare-pul, which is covered with mountains and valleys, has abundant and high-quality coal mines. Till last year, the mines of the district were being extracted by residents and were at risk of collapsing; however, after the responsibility of the extraction of this mine was entrusted to the NDC by the Islamic Emirate, any kind of mining by the people has been prohibited. Abdul Rahman Attash, CEO of the National Development Company, said that efforts underway to expand the exploration, extraction, and loading of the Balkhab coal mine continue and most professional workers from the district will be employed for the extraction of coal in the fu ture. He also said that a road construction project is ongoing in several parts of Balkhab district by the NDC, in which paved employment opportunities for a number of the district’s residents. “Inshallah, the work of the people will start in the near future, which will be legal and also will continue technically on the standards of the mines,” Attash added. On the other hand, the Ministry of Finance of the Islamic Emirate emphasized that a part of the Islamic Emirate’s budget is provided from the extraction and export of coal. “Our coal has a belt that starts from Badakhshan and ends in Herat, and the length of this belt is more than seven hundred kilometers, said Shahabuddin Delawar, the Minister of Mines and Petroleum. The Balkhab district in Sar-epul province has over 130,000 populations and most of them are busy with gardening and livestock. Based on the latest information, there are one and a half billion tons of coal in the mountains of the Balkhab district of Sar-ePul province. Mukhtar Safi

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.