Indian pledges greater role in Bamyan’s reconstruction
Manpreet Vohra on Friday travelled to Bamyan, where he visited some reconstruction projects, including Hajigak Iron Mine.
He said that a plan for the construction of a 14 kilometers road to Band-i-Amir Dam and graveling of another three kilometres road, suggested by local people, was currently under review.
“India-funded projects in Bamyan show its desire to forge cordial and cooperative relations with Afghans. India wants to play an active role in the reconstruction of Bamyan in coordination with the Afghan government,” he said.
Bamyan Governor Tahir Zuhair acknowledged India’s consistent cooperation. “India has been friendly country for Afghanistan, having played a great role in executing reconstruction projects such as the of Salma Power dam in western Herat province.”
Zuhair said 13 projects including the construction of schools, bridges and graveling of roads – costing more than a million dollars -- were underway in Bamyan with the financial support of India.
About Hajigak Mine, he said that two causes including low price of iron in the world market and insecurity in Afghanistan have faced the extraction of the mine with problems.
He hoped the exploitation of the Hajigak Mine would lead to better security and a good effect on prices of iron in the world market. The mine in Bamyan, which is estimated to hold 1.8 billion tonnes of high-quality iron ore deposits, was discovered around 50 years ago.
Extraction rights for B, C and D blocks were given to AFISCO -- an Indian consortium of seven companies, led by the Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), and a fourth block called "A" to Canada's Kilo Goldmines Ltd in December 2001.
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