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‘Geodesy & Cartography Authority sans activity in 9 months’

‘Geodesy & Cartography Authority sans activity in 9 months’

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Aug 27, 2017 - 22:01

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Geodesy and Cartography Authority (GCA) has performed no activity since its merger with the Afghanistaninfo-icon Land Authority (ALA) nine months ago, sources said on Sunday.

However, ALA officials denied they had poorly performed during the past nine months, saying the merger was not a simple task.

Land authority officials said new organizational structure for GCA had been approved by the Presidential Palace and the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission (IARCSC) and would be shared with ALA in the next one week for its implementation.

GCA was established as Survey and Cadastre Department in 1966, but its name was changed from time to time. The Presidential Palace ordered merging of GCA with ALA in 2016.

However, a GCA official, who wished to go unnamed, told Pajhwok Afghan News that they had not worked on a new task since the merger and only continued renewing the border line between Afghanistan and Iran, a process that began about two years ago.

He said the border line between Afghanistan and Iran would have been surveyed earlier had the process not prolonged due to dullness.

Another GCA officer, who also wished to go unnamed, confirmed his colleague’s account and said the GCA building had been constructed with all standard requirements and equipment during former president Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan’s reign.

He said the GCA building was handed over to the National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) after it was merged into the ALA, barring technical equipment and a helicopter that remained with GCA’s at its former place of work.

“All of our expensive machinery, even some of them made of platinum, remain wrapped in sheet and left unused. It is a loss to us.”

Abdul Wakeel, who has been working in GCA for the past three decades on different posts, said GCA’s areas of activity were geodesy (a coordinate system and set of reference points on earth for maps), photogrammetry (aero-photography in surveying and mapping), cartography (drawing maps from photographs), metadata (collection of data and saving it) and Cadastral surveying (determination of land boundaries).

He said when ALA didn’t exist; all works related to earth were being carried out by GCA through cartography and cadastral surveying sectors.

Wakeel said GCA was a historic, scientific and professional organization and it wasn’t appropriate that it worked under ALA. The ALA should be set a GCA sector, he believed.

He said it was obvious now that GCA had no scientific and professional performance because all of its equipment had been sealed and locked.

Abdul Rauf Yari, GCA head, refused to talk with Pajhwok after being contacted.

However, Ghulam Hussain, ALA’s spokesman, said: “We strongly deny sluggishness in our performance. Currently work on border pillars (refurbishing border lines) which was launched two years ago is ongoing on the border with Iran.”

Hussain confirmed GCA equipment remained at the GCA’s former building, but said all the equipment and appliances were safe and the issue of their transfer would be addressed later.

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