Afghanistan will implement TAPI pipeline project in early 2021, after completing land acquisition.
On August 31, Mohammad Haroon Chakhansuri, Acting Minister for the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum; Mahmoud Karzai, Acting Minister for Urban Development and Borders; Mohammad Murad Amanov, Director of TAPI pipeline project LTD signed a tripartite memorandum over the matter.
TAPI project is one of the prime economics projects for in the region, which plays an important role in economic development of Afghanistan, Chakhansuri said. Significant progresses have been made in recent years.
Some technicalities, minesweeping and ground surveys were among the tasks carried for the implementation of the project, he exclaimed.
“A memorandum will be signed to acquire lands based on the route of TAPI project and the plan of action will soon take its practical phase,” Chakhansuri said.
Mahmoud Karzai said there is a major economic importance of this Project to Afghanistan, and with the signing of this memorandum, Ministry of Urban development and housing will work on the land acquisitions.
Meanwhile, Amanov said the construction of the project will begin in the early months of 2021 upon the completion of land acquisitions.
The Turkmenistan–Afghanistan–Pakistan–India Pipeline project is launched in January 2016, which includes a 1,814-kilometer gas pipeline intended to pass through Afghanistan, Pakistan and India – with at least 816 kilometers of the pipeline passing through Afghanistan.
The pipeline will pass through Herat, Farah, Nimroz, Helmand and Kandahar provinces in Afghanistan.
TAPI pipeline is planned to be constructed alongside the Kandahar–Herat Highway in western Afghanistan, and then via Quetta and Multan in Pakistan, making a final pass through Indian town of Fazilka, close to Pakistan’s Border.