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Thousands of protesters demand implementation of TUTAP through Bamyan

By Khaama Press - Fri May 06 2016, 2:20 pm

Bamyan demonstrationThousands of residents of central Bamyan province participated in a demonstration on Friday to protest against the change of TUTAP power project route from Bamyan to Salang.

The protesters demanded from the government to implement the 500kV project from Bamyan, accusing the unity government leaders for remaining reckless in development of Bamyan province.

They also called on the government leaders to consider a balance while implementing projects in various provinces of the country.

Criticisms regarding the government’s decision to change the route of the project from Bamyan to Salang are on the rise as the officials insist it would be impossible to change the route to Bamyan.

The Minister of Energy and Water said Tuesday that the change of TUTAP route would not be possible, insisting that 12 province would suffer if the project is implemented through Bamyan province.

He also added that there is no document or evidence to prove that the Fichtner Engineering Company has predicted natural catastrophes threatening the project.

Earlier, Vice President Danish wrote a letter to the Ministry of Energy and Water and Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat and called for technical approach to implement the project, considering the needs of the residents of the central provinces for their access to energy who have repeatedly demanded the government to ensure social justice while executing such projects.

Pointing towards the survey conducted by the Fichtner Engineering Company in 2013 for a 20-year master plan of Afghanistan, a report of which was presented to the Asian Development Bank and Ministry of Energy and Water, Danish said the Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat is ignoring the technical views of Fichtner.

According to Danish, ignoring these points will not only delay the development of power supply and has no justification in terms of theory and technical aspects.

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