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Chak-i-Wardak dam reconstruction to be launched next week

Chak-i-Wardak dam reconstruction to be launched next week

Jun 27, 2016 - 18:21

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Reconstructioninfo-icon work on the Chak-i-Wardak hydropower dam in central Maidan Wardak province is officially being launched next week, public representatives said on Monday.

The Chak-i-Wardak dam near the Chak district center was originally built by Germans in 1938, making it the oldest major dam in the country.

The dam provided power to central capital Kabul before the civil war, when local themselves protected it.

Provincial council head Akhtar Mohammad Tahiri, heading a delegation, visited the dam and said the dam contract had been approved by the National Procurement Commission (NPC) and would be signed next week with a company named ‘Afghan-Tajik’.  

He said after the contract was signed, the design and survey work of the dam would be launched and its reconstruction would be carried out with maintaining good quality.

An official of the Afghan-Tajik company assured the people of considering modern method and good quality construction works and urged local residents to help the engineers.

A resident of Baba village of Chak district, Esmatullah Saleh, told Pajhwok Afghan News if the dam was successfully reconstructed, it would also provide electricity to neighboring provinces besides Wardak.

 “Chak district is now fully secured. In earlier several times, the residents were promised that the dam would be reconstructed but no practical step was taken. People are now tired of these untrue pledges and want the dam and the road to be constructed.”  

When first built, the dam had the capacity of producing three megawatts of power, but during the civil war, no development activities on the dam were carried out and currently it only provides power to a few villages.



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