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35pc progress in Bakhshabad Dam’s detailed design

35pc progress in Bakhshabad Dam’s detailed design

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Aug 01, 2017 - 17:03

FARAH (Pajhwok): Geotechnical work on 640-meter deep 13 wells in the Bakhshabad Dam area in western Farah province and topography of the dam has been completed, with the detailed design of the project progressing by 35 percent, the Ministry of Energy and Water said on Tuesday.

In a statement, the ministry said geotechnical work on two other wells for researching purposes near the dam’s water circulation tunnel would be started this week and construction of roads to the dam was underway.

The detailed design contract of the dam was signed with Helmand Construction Enterprise and Hydro Arch, an Italian company in May. Bakhshabad Dam is located in Bala Bolok district of Farah on the Farah Rod River.

The dam has the capacity to store 1.3 million cubic meters water and generate 27 megawatts of electricity besides irrigating 68,000 hectares of farmland.

Farah residents said they were happy about the progress in construction of Bakhshabad Dam.

Aminullah, a resident of 5th police district of Farah City, told Pajhwok that the Bakhshabad dam was important for the Afghans, particularly for Farah people.

 .He asked Afghan security forces and militants to ensure security during construction of the dam and let people’s dream come true.

Few days back, a Talibaninfo-icon spokesman in Farah said the rebels supported all welfare projects including Bakhshabad dam and would help ensure its security.

On Saturday, Farah residents in response to Iran president’s remarks about construction of dams in Afghanistaninfo-icon, carried out a rally and announced their support development projects.

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani had criticized construction of many dams in Afghanistan.

But the Afghan government said it was Afghanistan’s right and construction of dams did not pose any threat to neighboring countries.

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