Puli Khumri

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Puli Khumri
پل خمری
View of the city
View of the city
Puli Khumri is located in Afghanistan
Puli Khumri
Puli Khumri
Location in Afghanistan
Coordinates: 35°57′N 68°42′E / 35.950°N 68.700°E / 35.950; 68.700Coordinates: 35°57′N 68°42′E / 35.950°N 68.700°E / 35.950; 68.700
Country  Afghanistan
Province Baghlan Province
District Puli Khumri District
Elevation 635 m (2,083 ft)
Population (2007)
 • Total 58,300
Time zone UTC+4:30

Puli Khumri (Persian:پل خمری) is a city in northern Afghanistan. It is the capital of Baghlan Province and as of 2002 had a population of 60,000. The spoken language is mainly Persian and the vast majority in this city are ethnic Tajiks.[1]

Economy[edit]

There are two dams in Puli Khumri, which provides the necessary electricity.

Afghanistan's first cement factory was built in 1954 in Puli Khumri with financial support from Czechoslovakia. It is owned by Mahmud Karzai, the brother of Hamid Karzai. The limestone is mined from the hill behind the factory.[2]

There is a coal mine outside of the city in the village Kan-kan, but the production system is archaic.

Agriculture is very important because of the rain and temperature; wheat and rice are the main crops.

Provincial Reconstruction Team[edit]

Hungary headed a Provincial reconstruction team in the city until March 2013.[3]

Electrical transmission lines built from Puli Khumri are now bringing a steady supply of electricity to Kabul.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dupree, Nancy Hatch (1977) [1st Edition: 1970]. An Historical Guide to Afghanistan (2nd Edition, Revised and Enlarged ed.). Afghan Tourist Organization. 
  2. ^ Magyar, Honvedseg (2010). "Baghlan taromány CIMIC kézikönyve". Magyar Honvédség ÖHP. 
  3. ^ McMahon, Robert (October 20, 2005). "Afghanistan: PRTs Spreading, Though Impact Remains Unclear". Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Retrieved 2007-12-19.