Salma Dam vital to agro, energy sectors: CEO
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Monday expressed satisfaction with the completion of parts of the long-awaited Salma Dam in western Herat province.
The dam, he hoped, would help resolve the problem of ashortage of energy and power besides strengthening the agriculture sector in the western zone.
Earlier, the Consul General of India in Herat announced the project passed a critical stage on Sunday with the closure of the diversion tunnel gate and start of filling of the reservoir.
Amit Kumar Mishra said in a statement from the filling of the 20 kilometers long and 3.7 kilometers wide reservoir with a huge storage capacity 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, with objectives of 42 MW power generation and irrigating 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-filled dam and other typical components of the hydroelectric power project such as spillways, a powerhouse, switchyard and a transmission line.
The statement said that the dam had faced several logistical constraints and security challenges contributing to a delay of several years and is now expected to be completed by mid-2016.
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