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Salam Dam To Be Operational In Coming Winter

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Sunday April 20, 2014
Kabul (BNA) Local officials in the western province of Heart have reported that almost 80 percent of the works have been accomplish on Salma Dam and the project is expected to be operational in the coming winter. The project has the capacity of generating 42 megawatt electricity and will provide irrigation water to 75,000 hectors of land. According to Heart governor Syed Fazlullah Wahidi, currently there are no any obstructions on way of the project and almost 80 percent of the works have been completed on the project. The Salma Dam has 107 meter width and 550 heights and is one of the infrastructural projects in the western zone.
Economic commentators believe that Afghanistan is dire need of economic development and construction of infrastructural project like Salma Dam could contribute in boosting national economy of the country. In the meantime, a number of residents in the province have accused the local officials of not focusing on the construction works to be completed on the Salma Dam. The residents blame that despite several past since the foundation stone of the Dam laid, construction works yet to be completed. Initially the works on establishment of Salma Dam started in 1976 during the government of Sardar Mohammad Dawood Khan.
In that era, almost 25 of works were completed on the Dam which later on postponed because particular political developments and later on because of the escalation of war and civil instability. After the collapse of the Taliban regime, construction works once again triggered on the Dam after the establishment of new political system in the country in 2001. The Indian government as part of its financial aids and cooperation to Afghanistan has pledged to construct the Dam. Salma Dam is located 162 Km away from Heart city in the eastern part on the Harirod River in Chisht district.

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