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Special arrangements in place for TAPI ceremony

Special arrangements in place for TAPI ceremony

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Feb 20, 2018 - 20:28

HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): The governor of western Herat province on Tuesday said that special arrangements have been put in place for hosting a high profile ceremony marking the launch of the Afghanistaninfo-icon section of Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistaninfo-icon-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project in Herat City.

Speaking to reporters in the western city, Herat governor Mohammad Asif Rahimi said more than 150 guests had been invited to attend the launching ceremony in Herat City from the three countries.

Construction work on the Afghanistan portion of the pipeline project is due to be launched in Herat province on Friday.

Dignitaries from the four countries would attend the ceremonies to be hosted at Maulana Jalaluddin Mohammad Balkhi and Negaristan halls which have been prepared for the event, according Jilani Farhad, spokesman for Herat governor.

Governor Rahimi told reporters that Turkmenistan president along with a 70-member delegation and the Pakistan prime minister along with a 30-member delegation and India state minister for externalinfo-icon affairs with a 30-member delegation and President Ashraf Ghani along with his delegation, members of parliament and Cabinet would participate in the multi-national event.

The four leaders would launch the pipeline project in Salem Chasma area of Turkmenistan and then would enter Herat province.

Besides the TAPI project launch, other mega projects TAP, railways line and fiber optic would be also launched.

Rahimi said special security arrangements had been made for the days and additional security forces had been deployed in parts of the district and Herat City to ensure security. 

Mohammad Shoiab Fahimi, military affairs expert, believed the TAPI project launch was important for Afghanistan and Herat and the mega project would help improve economic situation and people-to-people relations between the member countries.

The pipeline will carry natural gas from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan to Pakistan and then India. Afghanistan will earn nearly $400 million in transit fee. The pipeline will traverse 134 kilometres area, including Greshk and Washir districts, in Helmand.

The implementation of the project would cost around $8 billion, according to some international sources. Turkmenistan already pledged to offer 85 percent expenditures to the project.

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