India again pledges early completion of Salma Dam
KABUL (Pajhwok): Shri Viraj Singh, deputy chief of mission Embassy of India in Kabul, reiterated on Monday his country was committed to accelerate steps for early completion of Salma Dam in western Herat province.
He expressed these views in his a meeting with Eng. Ali Ahmad Usmani, minister of energy and water, here in Kabul.
The Indian delegation expressed concerns over growing insecurity and changes in the estimated cost of dam related development projects, the ministry statement said.
Singh and his delegation accompanied briefed the minister and other officials about the development of the dam from 2005 till now.
Senator Ahmad Javed Rauf, Qazi Nazir Ahmad Hanafi, Najla Dihqan Nizad, Ghulam Farooq Nazari and Khalil Ahmad Shahidzada were also present in the meeting and asked pressing questions regarding completion of the much-awaited project.
At the end of the meeting, Usmani gave vital suggestions to the Indian delegation about completion of the projects.
Back in 2011, India announced to complete the construction of Salma Dam and assured Afghan authorities to continue work on the projects at any cost.
However, some logistic, climate and security reasons stopped work on the project.
Earlier, Governor Mohammad Asif Rahimi said no threat was being posed to Salma Dam and the project would be completed in one year.
He side all technical tools, including doors that control flow of water had been shifted to the dam site.
Also Gen. Taj Mohammad, commander of the 207th Zafar Militrary Corps rejected any hurdle in the way of Salma Dam construction.
The dam is being built on Harirud River in Chesht Sharif district, 162 kilometres to the east of Herat City, the provincial capital.
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