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Hundreds rally in Kabul against TUTAP project route change

Hundreds rally in Kabul against TUTAP project route change

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May 16, 2016 - 11:43

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Hundreds of protestors in the capital Kabul on Monday demanded implementation of a multinational power project through central Bamyan province, accusing the government of discrimination.

The Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TUTAP) power project will import 500kv of electricity from the Central Asian states to energy-starved Pakistan through Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Water and Energy (MoWE) has recommend the project be implemented through the Salang Pass crossing Baghlan province, but a number of people have stressed the scheme must pass through central Bamyan.

Government officials said Bamyan would be connected via a separate power line from central Parwan province to resolve the electricity problems -- an argument that has cut little ice with opponents of the route change.

The protestors, emphasising the project should be implemented through Bamyan province, numbered around 2,500. The rally was taken out from the Pul-i-Sukhta area of Kabul at 8am and headed to Mirwais Maidan area.

“We don’t want discrimination; we want justice; we want electricity,” they demonstrators chanted, asking the government to pursue even-handed development of the country.

Mohammad Nabi, one of the protestors, told Pajhwok Afghan News routing the project through Bamyan and Maidan Wardak was the right of the two provinces.He said they would march to the Pashtoonistan Wat area of Kabul.

Security forces have taken special measures to keep the situation under control, blocked all routes leading to Pashtoonistan Wat.

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