A spokesman for India’s External Affairs Ministry Vikas Swarup has said “Prime Minister and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will jointly inaugurate the Afghan-India Friendship Dam on June 4, Saturday, in Herat province. The completion of the dam project represents the culmination of work by 1500 Indian and Afghan engineers and other professionals in very difficult conditions.”
The government of Afghanistan has renamed the name of Salma dam to Afghan-India friendship dam earlier this year in a sign to show appreciation to the robust investment by India in reconstruction of the dam.
The reservoir filling in Salma dam project started late in the month of July with the closure of the dam’s diversion tunnel gate.
According to the Indian Consulate in western Herat province, the dam reservoir will be 20 kilometer long and 3 kilometer wide.
The storage capacity of the reservoir will be 640 million cubic meters of water.
Salma dam is expected to produce 42 megawatt of electricity and will irrigate around 80 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.