Work on Shorabak dam in Badakhshan resumes
FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): Construction work on the Shorabak dam, on the outskirts of the capital of northeastern Badakhshan, has resumed after a year-longsuspension, an official said on Saturday.
The construction work on the dam, with the capacity of generating 7.2 megawatts of electricity, had been launched by a Turkish firm with financial support from Germany.
Eng. Mohammad Rafi Baiham, head of the Kokcha River zone, said as the work load had increased by 30 percent. The initial project cost had been estimated at 31.8 million euro
On the basis of the procurement law, such project contracts could be canceled or the money could be spent on other projects, he said.
The Ministry of Energy and Water had previously decided to supply thermal or solar energy to the people, but residents of the province resisted the new idea.
After civil society’sprotests, the president ordered the resumption of work on the dam and a primary study for the scheme would be finished in the next six months, he revealed.
Badakhshan Governor Ahmad Faisal Bekzad thanked all citizens of Faizabad for raising their voice for their right.
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