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Four Million Dollar Contract to Rebuild the “Kohsan” Canal in Herat

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Four Million Dollar Contract to Rebuild the “Kohsan” Canal in Herat

Ministry of Energy and Water signed the reconstruction project of Kohsan Canal situated in Herat with a private construction company on Wednesday.

Mohammad Ismail Khan Minister of Energy and Water said to a press conference in Kabul that the reconstruction project of the canal costs about USD 4.6 million and it will be completed in the next 15 months.

The Canal is situated on the right of the Hariroad close to Herat’s district of Ghoriyan with a distance of 70km from the city of Herat, parallel to the Islam Qala Highway in Herat and it is rebuilt with a length of 29.6 km.

The aim of the rebuilt of the Canal is to foster the irrigation of agricultural lands. Minister Ismail Khan said that the Canal would help irrigate 3,600 hectares of land and would help prevent water wastage.

Ministry of Energy and Water had announced last year that the World Bank has allocated USD 27 million for the reconstruction of irrigation systems and building of dams to generate electricity in Afghanistan.

According to the Ministry officials, 6000 irrigation networks exist throughout the country and 1400 of these networks are established with the collaboration from the World Bank.

The reconstruction of irrigation systems come as billion cubic meters of water pour into Iran and Pakistan from Afghanistan as a result of which agricultural revenues of the two nations increase yearly by using Afghanistan water.

Salma Dam Project

Salma Dam project is one of the biggest infrastructure projects of Afghanistan. The project is worth USD 180 million and it is to be completed by Indian engineers.

The work on the project begun in 2006 with the aid from India and it was due to completion in 4 years. Minister of Energy and Water said that 70% of the project is completed and the remainder of the project is running on a slower pace due to insufficiency of the budget.

Indian officials have promised to solve the budget issue and finish the project, according to Minister Ismail Khan.

As said by officials from Ministry of Energy and Water, the Salma Dam Project would generate 42 MW of electricity and in addition to that 500,000 yards of agricultural lands in Herat would be irrigated by this dam.

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