India inks pact to construct $250 mn dam in Kabul

New Delhi, November 24

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday announced India’s additional commitments for Afghanistan, including the construction of a dam that will provide safe drinking water to 20 lakh residents of Kabul.

The $250 million (Rs 3,000 crore) project has been pending for two years following objections from Pakistan as it fears impediment to the regular flow of water. The dam is proposed to be built on the Maidan River, a tributary of the Kabul River which flows into Pakistan from Afghanistan.

India will also launch the fourth phase of the high impact community development projects in Afghanistan, which envisages more than 100 projects worth $80 million (Rs 600 crore) that India would undertake in Afghanistan.

Jaishankar said India had just concluded with Afghanistan an agreement for the construction of Shatoot dam. India had earlier built the 202-km Phul-e-Khumri transmission line that provides electricity to large parts of Kabul.

Jaishankar is leading the Indian delegation at the 2020 Afghanistan Conference being organised virtually by the UN and Afghan and Finnish governments to reaffirm the International community’s commitment to Afghanistan during 2015-24. — TNS

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