Afghanistan, Pakistan discuss major electric dam plan on Kunar River
By Ghanizada - Mon Aug 26, 11:26 am
The hydropower project construction on Kunar river is part of the joint management of common rivers between the two countries. Kunar river is a major tributary of Kabul River, which contributes almost 13 million acres feet (MAF) annually to Pakistan.
The plan was reportedly discussed between the Afghan and Pakistani officials during Afghan finance minister, Hazrat Omar Zakhhilwal’s visit to Pakistan. The two sides have also agreed to pursue the matter on technical and political forums.
Afghan finance minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal during his meeting with his Pakistani counterpart discussed and agreed to overcome hurdles to exploit the tremendous economic potential which presents opportunities to enhance economic cooperation, trade and greater connectivity between the two countries.
The two sides also held discussions on cooperation in areas of communications, railways, Afghan transit trade agreement and the power sector.
In the meantime Pakistani officials, the issue will be discussed over the next two days as part of, and on the sidelines of Afghan president Hamid Karzai’s visit to Pakistan.
“The beginning has been very good. Finance Minister Dar raised the issue and Dr Zakhilwal was very positive and forthcoming on joint development of a mega hydro power project,” officials quoted by Pakistan’s Dawn News said.
Pakistan and Afghanistan share nine rivers with annual flows of about 18.3 million acres feet (MAF), and Pakistan gets about 17 per cent of water supply from Kabul River when Indus flows decline in winter. The average annual flow of Kabul River is about 21 billion cubic meters (BCM).