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Revenue of Smangan coalmines up by 14pc

Revenue of Smangan coalmines up by 14pc

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Jun 27, 2017 - 09:52

AIBAK (Pajhwok): The revenue of two coalmines in the Dara-i-Suf Bala district of northern Samangan province reached 1.2 billion afghanis in the first half of the ongoing year, showing a 166 million afghanis increase over the same period of last year.

Eng. Ghulam Yahya, acting head of the Samangan coalmine enterprise, told Pajhwok Afghan News the revenue came from Shababak and Dahna Toar coalmines. It excludes income from Garmak-i-Gharbi, Gramak-i-Sharqi and Rashk coalmines.

The last three mines have been leased out to the private sector.

He said coal was being extracted by residents, with the government charging 1,500 afghanis in tax on one tonne. He added growing demand for the commodity had translated into a revenue boost.

Mohammad Siddique, the governor’s spokesman, said more youth were coming to the province to work in the mining sector. Therefore, more coal was being extracted and there has been an increase in the revenue.

Ali Ahmad Hussaini, the town’s administrative chief, said 10,000 individuals from different provinces of the country were extracting coal from 1,000 tunnels in the coalmines. Earlier, 8,000 people worked in 700 tunnels, he recalled.

The Dara-i-Sauf coalmine was discovered by residents of the locality in 1966. Russian and German geologists estimated in 1967 the site had 150 million tonnes of coal reserves. Several mines exist in other parts of the country as well.

Experts says coalmine reserves lie in the form of a belt along the Hindu Kush Mountain stretching from Badakhshan, Takhar, Baghlan, Samangan and Bamyan to Sar-i-Pul. Coal is used in brick kilns, small factories and for heating up homes and offices.

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