Prefabricated housing factory inaugurated in Kabul
The factory was inaugurated in the presence of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and other senior government officials including the Minister of Urban Development and Housing Syed Sadat Mansoor Naderi.
The factory first started operations in the early 1960s and continued to its operations until around 1992 when the country was hit by devastating civil war that resulted into the closure of the factory.
A contract was signed for the reconstruction of the factory in 2016 in Kabul between Minister Naderi and Orhan Guner the head of the Turkish firm Vefa Group.
The officials had then said the factory will produce around 300 cubic meters of prefabricated construction structures over a period of twelve months, once it becomes operational.
According to the officials, the prefabricated materials would be used for the construction of schools, hospitals, clinics, and other public welfare projects.
In the meantime, the Minister of Urban Development and Housing, Syed Sadat Mansoor Naderi said the opening of the factory will spark a revolution in the construction field, particularly in prefabricated housing sector.
Naderi further added that the factory has a capacity of producing up to one million cubic meters of prefabricated housing materials and structures.
He said the prefabricated materials and structures will be manufactured in less time with less cost.
According to Minister Naderi, previously the construction of a school with eight classes cost around 350 per square meter and was built over a period of one and half years but the new factory will help to reduce the cost to 240 per square meter and the construction time will be from 6 to 8 weeks.