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Afghanistan urges World Bank to stop funding Dasu Dam

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Afghanistan urges World Bank to stop funding Dasu Dam

dasu damAccording to Afghan Foreign Ministry, the National Security Council of Afghanistan has urged World Bank (WB) to halt funding of the Dasu Dam Hydropower Project in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province.

The dam is to be built on Kabul-Indus river in Kohistan District of KP province, and Pakistan has already approached the WB to start the process for the approval of the USD 700mn project.

However, Afghanistan has raised objections over the project saying Afghanistan’s relevant departments do not have any required information and details about the dam and the project lacks necessary assessment.

The Afghan Foreign Ministry called upon all international institutions including the WB not to finance and implement the project without the written consent of the Afghan government.

Dasu hydropower project is a run-of-river scheme located 7 km upstream of Dasu village on Indus River, 74 km downstream of Diamer Basha Dam at some 350 km from Islamabad.

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