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Govt criticized for injustice in selecting Salang for 500kV TUTAP power project

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A multi-million massive power project, Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TUTAP), will pass through Salang despite concerns raised by Second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danish.

According to reports, the decision to implement the project through Salang was taken during the last cabinet meeting.

A source privy of the development has said the government has decided to transmit another 220kV line from Bamyan province with the financial support of the Asian Development Bank.

The source further added that the government will also construct a substation in Bamyan province after approving Salang as the transit route for TUTAP project.

The decision by the government to transit the TUTAP line from Salang pass has sparked criticisms among the Afghan people.

The acting provincial governor Ata Mohammad Noor has also slammed the government for selecting Salang as the transit route for TUTAP, saying Salang is not a priority considering the presence of power lines.

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Noor further added that the implementation of the project from Bamyan will not only ensure balance and justice in the implementation of development projects but will also boost unity among the Afghan people.

He urged the government to consider the demands of the residents of central province and allow the project to pass through Bamyan province.

This comes as 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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