Thursday, November 26, 2011 – The state of Japan announced a fresh aid package of $17 million for Afghanistan, which will assist Afghanistan in providing drinking water and electricity.

This comes as the residents of capital Kabuland its suburbs are facing critical issues and lacks access to pure drinking water while residents in the central Bamyan province are facing the lackage of electricity.

Based on the agreement which was signed between the Japan Embassy and FAO in Afghanistan on Thursday, the fresh aid package of Japan will be handed over to the ministry of water and energy of Afghanistan through the Food and Agriculture organization of the United Nations.

Mohammad Ismail Head of the ministry of the water and energy of Afghanistan said, around $10 million of the aid by Japan will spent in northern regions of capital Kabul for the preparation of pure drinking water, electricity and water flow networks for boosting agriculture.

Mohammad Ismail head of the water and energy ministry of Afghanistan further added, a hydro power dam will be constructed in Shakardara valley in northern city of capital Kabul in order to store the Shakardara river water to use the water for agricultural purposes.

He also said, the remaining $7 million will be spent in central Bamyan province for the construction of small dams for producing electricity and small water canals for boosting agriculture in this province.

The water dams and canals will be constructed in Sheebartu, Qarghanatu and shahidan regions of Bamyan province.

This comes as residents of Bamyan province earlier accused the government of Afghanistan for being reckless in implementing reconstruction projects in this province.

Meanwhile, Head of the ministry of water and energy of Afghanistan said, the government of Afghanistan is struggling to control the flow of water from the rivers of Afghanistan to prepare water dams for producing electricity and boost agriculture in the country.

Afghanistan is having plenty of rivers but the majority of water flowing from the rivers are wasted without properly being used in agriculture and production of electricity.

On the other hand, around 30% of the Afghans have access to electricity where 60% of the electricity is being imported from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan and Iran.

In the meantime, economical experts believe that Afghanistan would be able to export electricity to other countries if government takes proper actions to control the flow of water from the rivers of Afghanistan, besides paving the way for providing proper electricity across the country.