Indian ambassador to Afghanistan, Manpreet Vohra, during his visit to Salma Dam in Chesht district
Salma Dam To Be Inaugurated Soon: Indian Envoy
Indian ambassador to Afghanistan, Manpreet Vohra, during his visit to Salma Dam in Chesht district on Saturday said that construction work has been completed and the dam will soon be inaugurated by Afghan and Indian leaders.
He said that this one project cannot resolve all the problems, but more projects are needed to be implemented.
"One single project will never solve all problems, but it's an important project, which solves an important issue in this part of Afghanistan which is the provision of electricity and provision of irrigation potential. We hope that with economic development, with progress there would be even stronger stakeholders in this region," Vohra said.
Construction work at the dam was expected to be completed in 2014, but due to insecurity it was not built in time.
According to Deutsche Welle, Salma Dam is the biggest infrastructure project designed during Daud Khan's period and 25 percent of construction was completed during this time, but was stopped after the wars.
After the Taliban were ousted in 2001, the new government termed Salma Dam its first construction project. The dam took almost nine years to complete.