Salma Dam expected to be completed by mid-2016: India
Herat city (Pajhwok): The Consulate General of India in western Herat province announced that Salma Dam project passed a critical stage on Sunday with closure of Diversion Tunnel Gate and start of filling of dam reservoir.
Amit Kumar Mishra, the Consul General, in a statement said that from the filling of 20 kilometers long and 3.7 kilometers wide dam reservoir with storage capacity of 640 million m3 would take nine to 12 months.
Salma Dam is a $ 300 million hydroelectric and irrigation project being constructed on Hari Rud River in Chiste Sharif district of the province with objectives of 42 MW power generations and improvement of irrigation facilities in 80,000 hectares of land.
It is flagship infrastructural project of India’s developmental assistance programme to Afghanistan, the statement added.
The project includes construction of 107.5 m high and 550 m long rock fill dam and other typical components of any hydroelectric power project such as spillway, powerhouse, switchyard, and transmission line.
The statement said that Salma Dam has faced several logistical constraints and security challenges contributing to delay of several years and is now expected to be completed by mid-2016.
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