Shingal and paving roads
Shingal, a city that faced many difficulties in the years between the fall of the Ottoman empire and the fall of the Baath regime, is still limited to only the simplest infrastructure and public services because it remains a disputed area under Article 140 of the Iraqi constitution. The city has enjoyed more stability since the fall of the Saddam Hussein regime, thanks to the help of the Kurdistan Regional Government and the Peshmerga forces whose presence allows the local people to feel more secure.
The citizens of Shingal still complain about the lack of the simplest services like paved roads, a sewage system, clean streets and electricity. Many roads are still not paved, while a good many schools are built of mud brick and are in need of renovation.
The Mayor of Snony has asked the agencies responsible to speed up the process of paving the road connecting Shingal and Duhok. This is a security issue, because the road passes through Rabia, a predominantly Arab area. Naif Saido, a Shingali citizen, told the Pyamner radio station that surprise attacks on Kurds by terrorists and gunmen were common in the area.
The Kurdistan Regional Government has allocated a sum in its budget for paving roads, and specially the road that leads from Snon to Duhok. The elections are just round the corner, and people have high hopes of their nominees answering their requests. Hassan, a Shingali citizen, said “Every time elections come we wait for those nominees to implement our demands, but when they are elected they forget us and our demands. My dream, and the dream of every Shingali citizen, is for the implementation of Article 140 of the Iraqi constitution and Shingal coming under the Kurdistan Regional Government.”