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Township scheme in Kabul named after Baba-i-Millat

Kabul, July 28, 2007 (Pajhwok Afghan News): A new township under construction in Kabul has been named after Father of the Nation Muhammad Zahir Shah in recognition of his services to Afghanistan.

Plot allotments for the Marjan township scheme - now christened Muhammad Zahir Mina - formally got under way here on Saturday when the project was inaugurated by a senior official of the Kabul Municipality.

Deputy Mayor Gharzai Khwakhogay told Pajhwok Afghan News the township - being constructed over 350 acres of land according to a plan worked out by the Kabul Municipality - had around 2,000 plots.

Previously known as Marjan Town, the scheme was renamed as Muhammad Zahir Mina in acknowledgement of the remarkable services rendered to his country by the former monarch, who died on Monday at the ripe age of 93.

Documents of about 600 plot have been allotted so far while papers of the remaining 1500 are in the process of being finalised, according to the deputy mayor, who promised the small city would have facilities like asphalted roads, canals, water pipework, markets, mosques, parks, schools and libraries.

Plot owners would have to erect houses in accordance with architectural designs approved by the municipality, Gharzai said, pledging violations of municipal rules would not be brooked.