Bylaws Regulating the Transactions Regarding the Razzāq Stream, Northern Quarter


Niẓāmnāmah-ʼi mu‘āmilāt-i nahr-i razzāq-i samt-i shumālī (Bylaws regulating the transactions regarding the Razzaq Stream, Northern Quarter) is a collection of ordinances pertaining to the construction of a canal to the northeast of Kabul, in what is today the Kapisa Province of Afghanistan. It was published by the Majlis-i ‘ali-yi vuzara (Office for the Publications of the Cabinet) on February 14, 1924, in 500 copies. The religious associations with the term razzaq (provider) are highlighted by the invocation of God as the provider in the opening of this document. In the introduction we read that the purpose of the construction of the canal was to divert the water of the Panjshir, Shutul, Salang, and Ghorband rivers for agricultural purposes, and that the estimated expense for the entire project was 1.1 million Kabuli rupees. The irrigated area fed by the canal was estimated as 1,000 jarīb (202 hectares) and land was to be provided at zero or low cost to the needy residents of the region as well as other poor citizens of Afghanistan.

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