High Council for Urban Development approves Kabul City Urban Design Framework

High Council for Urban Development approves Kabul City Urban Design Framework

Presidential Palace. The High Council for Urban Development, chaired by HE President Ghani, approved the Kabul City Urban Design Framework on Saturday 12 August. The framework has been jointly developed by the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing and the team of Sasaki Firm.

Streamed in live via an online video call, the Sasaki team presented the Kabul City Urban Design Framework, noting that it is replaced with the one developed by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). They briefed the Council on different components of the Framework, in specific baseline assessment, infrastructure development, development plans for various parts of Kabul city, including Shaheed Masoud and Darul Aman roads, and implementation strategies.

Acting Director of Urban Development, Zaki Sarfaraz, said the Framework is coherent and comprehensive. On the requirements for implementation of the framework, he noted human capacity, development of regulations, property management, forming a mechanism for public-private partnership, and financial management.

Following a detailed discussion of its components, the Council approved the Framework and thanked the MUDH and Sasaki for their excellent effort

HE President Ghani welcomed the framework, noting: “Now, a clear and vibrant vision is in place for the development of Kabul city.” He furthermore called for MUDH to provide Dari and Pashto translations of the framework with a view to subsequently disseminate to residents of the city.

The Council also discussed the planning process for distribution of alternative properties to further develop Shaheed Mazari and Urfani roads, with clarifying comments delivered by Director of Policy and Planning of Kabul Municipality, Sahar Hamdard.

Hamdard informed the Council that two concepts have been designed for Qorokh Hillside in western Kabul. The first concept consists of 403 residential plots and the second one includes 455 residential and commercial plots.

Approving the second concept, the Council underscored that pedology, water supply and sanitation systems should be taken into account in further roll-out.