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Indian-funded Salma Dam’s inauguration today

Indian-funded Salma Dam’s inauguration today

Jun 04, 2016 - 11:57

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Leaders of Afghanistaninfo-icon and India are all ready to officially inaugurate Salma Dam -- also known as Afghan-India Friendship Dam-- in western Herat province today Saturday.

The $300 million dam is located two kilometers from the Salma Village of the Chisht-i-Sharif district of the province and 176 km east of Herat City.

Construction work on dam came to an end after 45 years of wait on July 2015. In 1978 India had pledged to construct the Salma Dam, but the coup against former president Mohammad Daud Khan and subsequent conflicts in Afghanistan left the project hamstrung.

After the Talibaninfo-icon regime was ousted in 2001, the construction of the dam was launched in 2006.It was initially planned to be completed in four years, but the process faced problems due to insecurity and logistical supply problems.

However, the dam was finally completed in 2015 and is scheduled to be inaugurated jointly by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and India Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday.

Indian media outlets reported Modi would inaugurate the project during his second trip to Afghanistan today. On December 25, 2015,Modi traveled to Afghanistan for the inauguration of Afghan parliament building.

A statement from the Presidential Palace said Ghani arrived in Herat Saturday morning for the inauguration and an assessment of the overall situation in the province. The dam is scheduled to be inaugurated on Saturday.

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