India-Afghanistan Friendship Dam irrigation sluice gate successfully tested
By Khaama Press - Fri Mar 18 2016, 11:46 am
The irrigation sluice gate of the major Salma Dam, Afghanistan-India Friendship Dam, was successfully tested as the construction work of the dam is close to completion.
The Indian authorities called the successful test of the irrigation sluice gate as ‘another milestone’ achieved in India-Afghanistan Friendship Dam.
The project is scheduled to be completed by June, 2016. by M/s. WAPCOS, a central public sector unit under the Ministry of Water Resources, which is executing the construction work.
The Indian cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the reconstruction and completion of Salma dam at a revised cost of INR 1,775.69 crore which is equivalent to around $268,050,296.
The revised cost was approved shortly after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Kabul late last year for the inauguration of the India-built parliament building in Afghanistan.
Built on Harirod river, the dam is expected to produce 42 megawatt of electricity and will irrigate around 75,000 hectares of agricultural land.
India has played a crucial role by participating in the rebuilding of Afghanistan following the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001.
Since 2002, the Government of India has committed USD 2 billion dollars to the socio-economic rebuilding of the Afghan state and society in accordance with the development priorities of the Government and the people of Afghanistan.