Demand to route TUTAP through Bamyan renewed
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of Kabul residents belonging to the Hazara community on Thursday once again renewed their demand for routing the TUTAP electricity project through central Bamyan province.
They warned if their demand was not heeded, they would resume their protest demonstrations and expressed their opposition to a 500kv power line from Baghlan’s Pul-i-Khumri to Kabul’s Paghman district.
Yesterday, Da Afghansitan Bareshna Shirkat and a company signed a contract under which the company would establish the 500kv line, a $119 million project, from Pul-i-Khumri to Paghman’s Arghandi area as part of the Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TUTAP) project.
Last month, thousands of people had gathered in Kabul protesting against a change in the TUTAP route. A delegation appointed by the government has recommended after its investigation that the project be routed through Salang Pass instead of Bamyan for being cost-effective and shortest.
The power line if passed through Bamyan could delay the project by several years. But once again the Hazara community members on Thursday said in a resolution letter that the contract on routing the project via Salang Pass was a great injustice and the government should not play with the fate of people.
They said they would never back out of their demand. They said in the contract with the company it had been said that the company was responsible for detailed designing and installation of the power line. It showed no initial work had been done on the project, they argued.
The gathering said in their announcement that they were planning a large protest during the holy month of Ramadan.
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