The union of private construction companies said that many construction projects--worth a total of nearly $5 billion--remain unfished.
The union called on the government to immediately introduce a minister of urban development and housing to address their problems.
Members of the union on Sunday expressed frustration over the uncertain status of the construction projects. According to the union, the construction companies have spent some funds on the projects but have yet to be paid.
“Projects that are worth approximately five billion dollars remain unfished. Every day we appeal to the prime minister and deputy ministers. Despite making pledges, they have not found a solution for our problems,” said Farid Tatar, head of the union.
“We demand the introduction of a minister of urban development and housing because the ministry has all of the documents,” said Mubarak Karimi, a member of the union.
At least 2,500 private construction companies were active in Afghanistan, the union said, adding that thousands of people who were employed in these companies have recently become jobless.
“Today everything has stopped. The winter approaches and the projects face collapse but no one cares about the projects,” said Mohammad Riaz Zurmatai, a member of the union.
The Islamic Emirate pledged that it would soon introduce the minister of urban development and housing.
“The selection of the cabinet is still on track. The authorities are attempting to select the professional figures who have the capacity and good quality,” said Bilal Karimi, deputy spokesman for the Islamic Emirate. “We expect the appointment of the (minister) soon.”
As Afghanistan is struggling with a deteriorated economy, many development, welfare and construction projects remain on hold.