$4m Bakhshabad Dam’s construction contract signed
KABUL (Pajhwok): A $4 million contract was Wednesday awarded to an Italian firm for construction of the Bakhsh Abad Dam in Bala Buluk district of western Farah province.
The contract was signed between the Ministry of Water and Energy and Hydro Arch officials in the presence of President Ashraf Ghani at the Presidential Palace.
Water and Energy Minister Ali Ahmad Usmani said the contract worth $4.5 million included a detailed design of Bakhshabad Dam.
He said the dam’s construction process, financed by the government, would be jointly launched by the Hydro Arch Company and Helmand Construction Apparatus.
Bakhshabad Dam is located on Farah Rod River in the southwestern region of the country. It would have the capacity to store 1.2 billion cubic meters water after being constructed in 18 months.
Usmani said the dam would also generate 27 megawatts of electricity and irrigate 104,000 hectares of farmland.
He added the dam contract was once signed with a Pakistani company in 1392 solar year, but the construction process had been going slow and unsatisfactory that led to cancellation of the contract.
Addressing all construction companies in Afghanistan, Usmani said: “We welcome capacity building enters Afghanistan, but we do not accept slow work, projects should be implemented with enough speed and capacity, otherwise their contracts should be cancelled.”
About controlling Afghanistan water, he said, “Controlling the country’s water is as much important as protecting the country’s territory, so it also needs our attention.”
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