Salma Dam to be completed in one year: Governor
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): The construction work on vital Salma Dam in western Herat province has no security hurdles or any other obstacle and the project will be built within one year, the governor pledged.
Mohammad Asif Rahimi told a gathering all technical equipments had been dispatched to the area to start construction work on the direly needed scheme without further delay.
“The only obstacle to initiate work is the rising level of water in the facility and engineers are waiting for the month of July,” he noted.
He ruled out any kind of problem hampering or delaying construction work. He expressed optimism that the facility would be completed at the earliest.
Gen. Taj Mohammad Jahid, commander of the 207 Zafar Military Corps, also said there were no obstacles in way of the vital dam. He warned no one would be allowed to create hurdles in the way of the dam.
But a number of residents of Herat City, the provincial capital, recalled that local officials had been pledging for years to build the dam but those commitments could not be materialized.
Abdul Qadeer Yarzada, a resident of 9th police district of the city, said it was a trend here when every governor took oath that work on the Salma Dam would be started.
Wakil Ahmad Sohail, another resident of the locality, said: “We have heard a lot of tall claims of officials but practical work yet to be initiated.”
In 2006, India promised funding for the reconstruction of the Salma Dam at an estimated cost of $200 million.
Once completed, the hydroelectric plant would produce 42 megawatts of power in addition to providing irrigation water for 75,000 hectares of farmland.
In January 2013, the Indian cabinet approved revised cost for the completion of the project and declared it would be completed in December 2014 -- four years behind original schedule.
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