The Afghan water and energy ministry announced on Sunday that a Pakistani company will survey and design the Farah River Dam, a Tolo News report said.
The National Engineering Services Pakistan (Nespak) is expected to complete the $4 million project within a span of 18 months. The project, first of its kind to strengthen bilateral ties between the two neighbors, was welcomed by the ministry.
According to Tolo News, the dam will be paid for by Afghan government funds and, once completed, is expected to meet all the irrigation and energy needs of Farah province. “The dam’s storage capacity will be more than one billion cubic meters. At the same time, it can irrigate more than 68,000 acres of agricultural land and produce about 27 megawatts of electricity,” said Energy and Water Minister Muhammad Ismail Khan.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 25th, 2013.
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