Posted by: Editor | June 6, 2009

Bamyan Airport–Series 2

Bamyan Aiport has a gravel runway.

Bamyan Aiport has a gravel runway. (Photo by Abbas)

Bamyan Series

Bamyan Series 1

Due to the risky security on the way from Maidan Province, and the long uncomfortable way from Shiber Pass to Bamyan, many tourists and travelers prefer traveling by air. There are no proper flights because Bamyan is yet deprived of a proper Airport. Some private flights of UN and PACTEC operate for INGOs, diplomats and journalists. The small plane containing seven passengers took us 25 minutes to land the unpaved small runway of Bamyan “Airport”. It’s better to be called Bamyan Runway. It is not only being used by private NGO planes, but also the military landings of Kewi Forces or other NATO helicopters.

The Government says it does not need to pave the Runway because the “master plan” of Bamyan contains a modern Airport. The location has been decded, but there are no funds to start construction work. Its true that the Government here could not pave the 1km road of Bamyan Bazaar, how could it construct a temporary Runway or a modern Airport. Thanks to Laura Bush, whose visit of Bamyan last year in this month (June) blessed the province with 2 kilometer road from Governor House to the Runway. Even the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) has not bothered to pave the less-than half kilometer Runway for Kewi Forces.

Many international tourists avoid traveling to Bamyan because of the deplorable way and nonavailability of an Airport. Govt. declared Band-e-Amir as the First National Park. How can tourists visit the world-famous group of lakes with no airport in Bamyan?

A plane of Hizb-e-Wahdat's Bamyan Air crashed on the gravel runway during Wahdat's rule in Bamyan.

A plane of Hizb-e-Wahdat's Bamyan Air crashed on the gravel runway during Wahdat's rule in Bamyan. (Photo by Abbas)

Bamyan Runway was first made by Hizb-e-Wahdat, during its rule in Bamyan before Taliban took over the province in 1998. The Runway was dug and leveled by people voluntarily. During its rule, a plane of Hizb-e-Wahdat’s Bamyan Air bringing top leadership of Wahdat was crashed on the Runway while landing. Other than that, Bamyan Runway has long history of bloodshed. It used to be the center of military landings during Soviet invasion. Several times controlled by the people of Bamyan, many soviet choppers and tanks were destroyed on this Runway.


Responses

  1. It shows the deep discrimination and negligence of the Pashton Government including our own leaders who claims they did a lot for our nation or Hazaristan. Big shame and wake up call for the international community and our pitty leaders who are more self interested gutless hypocrates.

    regards

    Ahmad

  2. It is indeed woeful to see the overall sorry condition of the place we call homeland.

    Keeping in mind that we have a vice president in the current administration…shows his priorities. We also take pride in having the first female governor…but we fail to notice that in reality there is nothing much to show.

    Sialkot International Airport – the first privately built, owned and operated airport of Pakistan can be a soirce of inspiration for us all. The Hazara diaspora can play a big role towards this…

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  5. Salam Dostan

    It is very sad to see Bamyan like this why we should vote again for those people and their Chamchas who did not do anything at all for Hazaristan an Bamyan.

    We the people of Afghanistan especially Hazara should be very proud to had this great civilisation which uniqe simillar to Egyptian Phyramid and Rome and Greek or China and India.

    We should work to reestablish our treasurey and show it to the region and world yes we were civilised and we will establish another one as we did it before. We should not limit ourselve to just readig or writing commets. Each one of us have responsibility to acheive our target.

    Bamyan must establish again through the help of Hazaras all around the world starting from inside the country,people from Quetta,Karachi,Iran and all around the world by encouraging International Communities .Because this great civilisation belong to us and we must establish it again if we leave it to the others then the only thing they can is destraction!!

    Hazara should work and preserve their cultural heritage regardless of the location where they leave. Thinking about empty slogans of Mulla from Iran or ISI of Pakistan will never bring fortne for us nor it could bring in the past other than disasters and misery.

    Long live Hazara civilisation

    Ahmad Australia


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