Ministry in quest of funds for completing vital dam project
KABUL (Pajhwok): The second phase of Kamal Khan dam, which could generate eight megawatts of power besides irrigating 100,000 hectares of land in southwestern Nimroz province, has been completed, the Ministry of Energy and Water announced on Sunday.
Minister of Energy and Water Eng. Ali Ahmad Osmani hailed the construction of Kamal Khan dam in Chahar Borjak district as a vital project. He said the second phase of the dam was completed despite many difficulties.
Speaking at a meeting here, the minister said, militants had attacked the Kamal Khan dam four times in the past two months, killing four engineers working at the site.
Eng. Mohammad Nabi Mohib, head of the water management authority, said the second phase involved work on the dam, 4,700 meters long and up to 8 meters high.
He told Pajhwok Afghan News the cost of the second phase was $15million provided from the development budget of the ministry.
Execution of the second phase of the dam was initiated by Bright Pearl Construction Company (BPCC) and Asian Pearl Construction Company (ABCC) in March 2012.
He said: “The ministry would be striving to find financial resources for the completion of the third phase of the dam, which will help Afghanistan have better control over the water of Helmand River.”
The vital dam is being constructed on Helmand River and the third phase, including the installation of a turbine, will cost $70 million. The project would help generate 8 megawatts of electricity and irrigate more than 100,000 hectares of land.
Initial work included the construction of a 3,400-metre wall, with 32 metres width and 6 to 11 meters height. It was launched in 2010 by a Tajik firm, TADES, at a cost of $10 million.
In Nimroz, a sandy province, has salty well water. The water level in Helmand River passing through the province has also gone down. The estimated population of Zaranj is 300,000 and 90 percent of people do not have access to potable water.
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