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MoUs signed on power supply to Kunar, Paktika

MoUs signed on power supply to Kunar, Paktika

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Dec 09, 2018 - 20:05

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) were signed in Kabul on studying Khosh Tapa canal project and supplying electricity to Kunar and Paktika provinces, a statement said on Sunday.

The statement from the Presidential Palace said President Ashraf Ghani oversaw the signing of the contracts at the Presidential Palace, where his CEO Abdullah Abdullah and other high officials were present.

Under the MoUs, the Khosh Tapa irrigation canal and hydro power project would be studied and electricity would be supplied from Nangarhar province to Kunar and from Ghazni province to Paktika and substations would be established.

The MoUs were signed by presidential advisor and acting Finance Minister Dr. Mohammad Humayun Qayumi, agricultureinfo-icon minister Nasir Ahmad Durrani, the US ambassador, USAIDinfo-icon deputy head, Asia Development Bank country director in Afghanistaninfo-icon and the Afghanistan Bareshna Shirkat head.

The 270-km Khosh Tapa canal irrigates half a million hectors of land and is spearheaded by the Environmentinfo-icon Protection Department and the Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock Ministry.

The canal will be studied in Kunduz, Jawzjan and Balkh provinces in one year with $2 million USAID assistance.

Similarly, electricity from Nangarhar to Kunar would be extended and substations installed at a cost of $60 million over the next two years and the project would benefit 26,000 families. The project is funded by the Asian Development Bank.

The power extension from Ghazni to Paktika would cost the same amount funded by the ADB and would take two years to complete. The project would electrify 30,000 households in Paktika.

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