Dahla Dam project first phase nears completion
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): The first phase of Dahla dam project, the second largest in Afghanistan, has been more than 90 percent completed by a Turkish firm in southern Kandahar province, an official of the construction company said on Sunday.
The Turkish company initiated reconstruction of the dam two years ago. The project’s first phase included the construction of small and large gates, valve house and a tunnel.
In the second phase, the dam’s walls would be raised by eight meters. USAID has spent around $71 million on the project.
Taiz Jan, the 77 Turkish Construction and Trading Company official, held a meeting with Kandahar governor Humayun Azizi and briefed him about 94 percent completion of the dam’s first phase.
He said the remaining six percent works would be completed over the next few days and then the second phase would be initiated.
The project would solve many issues related to irrigation of agricultural lands and orchards in the province.
The governor appreciated the company officials for successfully completing the first phase and said the project would address long-awaited desires of the people.
The governor asked Eng Sher Mohammad Ataee, the Helmand and Arghandab River Authority directgor, to coordinate with the Turkish company in desilting the dam and developing a proposal to lay a clean water supply pipeline to Kandahar City.
Raising the dam’s walls by eight meters and building six supporting dams would cost $308 million out of which the Finance Ministry would provide $38 million and USAID the rest.
Eng Sher said the USAID had delayed the project since the Finance Ministry did not provide the promised amount.
Raising the height of the dam is seen crucial to increasing the volume of available water, which has reduced to 300 million cubic meters from 484 million cubic meters water.
The dam will irrigate Shah Wali Kot, Arghandab, Zheri, Panjwai, Maiwand, Dand and Daman districts and pave the ground for producing 10 mega watts of electricity.
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