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New Kabul City: A beacon of hope for Afghanistan’s future

By: Hashmat Nasiri

New Kabul City, a bold and ambitious urban development project, represents a significant stride toward modernizing Afghanistan. This initiative aims to alleviate the population pressure on Kabul, the country’s capital, and provide a sustainable, well-planned urban environment for its citizens. Situated approximately 10 kilometers east of Kabul, New Kabul City (NKC) is designed to cover an area of 740 square kilometers, making it one of the largest urban development projects in the region. The city is planned to accommodate around 3 million residents upon completion, easing the overpopulation crisis in Kabul, which currently struggles with infrastructure challenges, traffic congestion, and inadequate public services due to its rapid, unplanned growth. The project is divided into several phases, with the initial phase focusing on essential infrastructure and residential areas. Subsequent phases will introduce commercial districts, industrial zones, and recreational facilities. Emphasizing green spaces, water management, and renewable energy sources, NKC aims to be a model of sustainable urban living. The project is expected to generate numerous jobs, from construction to various service sectors, providing a significant boost to the Afghan economy. NKC plans to feature stateof-the-art infrastructure, including reliable water supply, waste management systems, and energy-efficient buildings. A well-designed transportation network, including wide roads, public transit systems, and pedestrian-friendly pathways, will ensure smooth connectivity within the city and to Kabul. From affordable housing to luxury residences, NKC will cater to various socio-economic groups, promoting inclusivity. Educational institutions, healthcare facilities, shopping centers, and recreational areas will enhance the quality of life for residents. If successfully implemented, New Kabul City could serve as a blueprint for urban development in post-conflict regions. It embodies the hope for a brighter future, where modern infrastructure and sustainable living standards can coexist with cultural heritage. The city’s development is a testament to Afghanistan’s resilience and its aspirations for peace and prosperity. IEA’s Role in the Implementation of NKC Since the Islamic Emirate, took control of the country in August 2021, the dynamics of various development projects, including the ambitious New Kabul City (NKC) project, have undergone significant changes. The role of the Islamic Emirate in implementing this project is multifaceted, involving governance, security, funding, and regional and international relations. The Islamic Emirate has emphasized its commitment to economic development and infrastructure projects. It has articulated a vision for rebuilding Afghanistan, which includes the continuation and completion of large-scale projects like NKC. Establishing a clear policy framework is critical. The government integrates NKC into its national development strategy, ensuring it aligns with broader economic and social goals. A stable and transparent regulatory environment is essential to attract both domestic and international investors. The Islamic Emirate provides clear guidelines and streamline bureaucratic processes to facilitate smooth project implementation. Efforts to curb corruption and ensure accountability in project management by Islamic Emirate is another plus point that plays a vital role in maintaining investor confidence. The Islamic Emirate guarantees the safety of construction sites, workers, and future residents to maintain the project’s momentum. In addition, establishing secure zones around NKC is also a priority of the ruling system which will help in creating a stable environment conducive to development. Securing funding for NKC is a must priority. The Islamic Emirate explores various funding avenues, including state resources, international aid, and private investment. Moreover, efforts are underway to promote NKC as an attractive investment opportunity, potentially through incentives like tax breaks and simplified regulations, which will pave the way to attract foreign direct investment. Engaging with international donors and financial institutions is crucial. Despite geopolitical challenges, the Islamic Emirate fosters relationships that can lead to financial support for NKC. The Islamic Emirate works to collaborate with neighboring countries and regional powers in terms of garnering investment and technical expertise for the smooth implementation of this mega project. Given resource constraints, a phased approach to NKC’s development is pragmatic. The Islamic Emirate prioritizes key infrastructure and residential areas in the initial stages. Efficient project management practices are essential to ensure timely completion of each phase. Encouraging PPPs can leverage private sector efficiency and innovation. The Islamic Emirate strives to create frameworks that facilitate such collaborations. Moreover, the ruling system focuses on maintaining transparency in these partnerships in order to avoid misuse of funds, aimed at building trust among investors. NKC caters to various socio-economic groups, ensuring affordable housing and access to basic services for all segments of society. The Islamic Emirate’s policies reflect this inclusivity. In addition, the current government is seeking opportunities to provide employment through the project which will significantly benefit the local economy and reduce poverty. Engaging with local communities and stakeholders in planning and implementation ensures that the project meets the needs and expectations of the population. The Islamic Emirate works to create environment conducive for community involvement which will foster a sense of ownership and responsibility toward the city’s development. The role of the Islamic Emirate in the implementation of New Kabul City is crucial and complex. Effective governance, strategic planning, and international cooperation are essential components that will determine the fate of this ambitious project. If managed well, NKC has the potential to become a symbol of Afghanistan’s progress and resilience, providing a modern, sustainable urban environment for millions of its citizens. In conclusion, New Kabul City is more than just an urban development project; it is a symbol of Afghanistan’s ambition to rebuild and thrive. Its success will depend on overcoming significant challenges, but the potential rewards for the Afghan people and the broader region are immense.

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