India has decided to assist Afghanistan in building another dam, the Shahtoot dam which is planned on a tributary of Kabul river
, in the country’s Chahar Asiab district. India to Assist Build Shahtoot Dam. It is estimated that this project would provide potable water to two million residents and aid the irrigation of 4000 hectares of agricultural land in Chahar Asiab and Khairabad.
According to the Afghan Ministry of Energy and Water, work on the World Bank-funded Shahtoot Dam project is expected to start in about a month. India to Assist Build Shahtoot Dam. The total cost of construction is estimated to be $300 million and will take about three years to complete..
A feasibility study was reportedly finalized in 2012 while the land acquisition is being worked on, the urban development ministry will conduct an environmental impact study.
The ministry said that once this has been finalized, the construction phase will begin.
Asif Ghafori, from the ministry of energy and water, said that this is an intergovernmental agreement. India has in the past also built India-Afghanistan Friendship Dam (Salama Dam) based on such an agreement.
Hameedullah Yalani, the director of canalization and water supply said that the department had called for tenders for a number of phases, also regarding irrigation of farmland. Foreign companies have sent them their applications.
They would start the construction of the water supply network and the government should start the construction of the dam which will be completed at the same time. If so theye will inaugurate them together, Yalani added.
Once complete, officials said that the dam will hold 146 million cubic meters of potable water for two million people in Kabul and irrigation water for over 400,000 acres of land. Every year thirty-two million cubic meters of water is used from Kabul’s underground water reserves while the capacity of the city’s water is 29 million cubic meters in a year. Read more