Herat residents have started preparing their province by erecting banners with pictures of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other Afghan leaders to welcome them for the inauguration of the power and irrigation project, Salma Dam.
"Fortunately, it is a good opportunity for us. We can use both power and water generated by the dam," said Fazel Ahmad Hanifi, a resident of Herat.
Another resident, Abdul Razaq said: "The power generated by Salma Dam is our own; it is not related to neighboring countries."
Meanwhile, Herat governor spokesman Jilani Farhad said they will use all possible efforts and facilities to welcome the Indian prime minister to inaugurate the Salma Dam within the next five days.
"A special commission comprised of senior officials has been assigned to take all measures for celebrating the inauguration of the power and irrigation project," he added.
Meanwhile, 14 megawatts of power was connected to Herat power system in a probationary phase on Sunday night, which enabled parts of the province to benefit from the power generated by Salma Dam.
Deputy Minister of Water and Energy, Amanullah Ghalib, said that 28 megawatts of power will soon be added to Herat electricity system.
"We activated one of its turbines last night and added it to the network which is connected to parts of Herat," he said.
The long-awaited irrigation and power project will help irrigate over 70,000 hectares of land in Herat and will generate 42 megawatts of power.
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