Protesters demand power dam’s construction in Kunar
ASADABAD (Pajhowk): Hundreds of people on Thursday staged a protest demonstration in eastern Kunar province, demanding the construction of a hydropower dam in the province.
One of the participants, Maulvi Mohammad Anwar, told Pajhwok Afghan News the government should construct a dam on the Kunar River in Soor Taq area of Asmar district.
According to a survey, the dam could produce hundreds of megawatts of power and irrigate tens of thousands of hectares of land.
Another protester, Ahmad Shah, said the dam’s construction would create jobs, would improve the country’s economy and meet energy needs.
He said infrastructural developments projects could resolve security problems and prevent the youth from migrating abroad.
An organiser of the protest, Zabihullah Sabiq, said Afghanistan had been blessed with vast water resources, but the potential could not be utilized.
If water dams were constructed, he said, not only domestic power needs would be fulfilled, but the electricity would be exported to other countries.
Good opportunities exist in Kunar for construction of dams. Based on information from the Department of Energy and Power, Shal dam in Asmar district could produce nearly 796 megawatts of power and Soor Taq dam 1000MW.
Nearly 300 megawatts of power could also be produced in Sagi area on the eastern outskirts of Asadabad, the provincial capital.
The Soor Taq dam was surveyed during President Sardar Daud Khan’s rule when the dam was estimated to have to the capacity to produce 1000-MW of power, but the project could not be implemented due to the Saur Revolution.
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