TUTAP project route change triggers angry protest in Bamyan
BAMYAN CITY (Pajhwok): Hundreds of angry residents of central Bamyan province on Friday took to the streets again change in the route of the proposed Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TUTAP) power project.
The demonstrators, including provincial council members, representatives of political parties, religious scholars and civil society activists, accused the government of discrimination among residents of different provinces.
Mohammad Hasan Asadi, a member of the provincial council, told Pajhwok Afghan News the cabinet’s recent decision on changing the project route was an obvious injustice to inhabitants of the backward central provinces.
"As a member of the provincial council, I would never put up justice to the people of the central zone," remarked the public representative, who called on the government to review its decision in the interest of national unity.
Another protestor, Mohammad Akhlaqi, said: “The president and the chief executive officer shouldn’t forget the votes they have been given by Bamyan inhabitants. All eligible voters exercised their franchise right in favour of them.”
A resolution issued at the end of the demonstration asked the government to eschew “the politics of prejudice and injustice and undemocratic decisions” and ensure even-handed development of all provinces.
On Thursday, the lower house of the parliament said the route of the 500kv power project would be changed based on findings of the parliamentary commission.
The Ministry of Water and Energy (MoWE) has recommend the project be implemented through Salang Pass crossing Baghlan province, but a number of people have stressed the scheme should pass through central Bamyan.
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