Shin­gal and pav­ing roads

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - Has­san Shin­gali

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.”

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