Hydropower project: Afghanistan raises objections over Dasu project

Urges WB, donor organisations not to finance the project without its written consent.

Tahir Khan March 03, 2014
Urges WB, donor organisations not to finance the project without its written consent. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: Afghanistan on Sunday raised objections to the nearly $7.5 billion Dasu Hydropower Project in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) province and urged the World Bank and other international organisations to stop its funding.

Pakistan has already approached the World Bank to start the process for the approval of a $700 million loan for the 4,320-megawatt (MW) project, according to sources in the Ministry of Finance. The project’s construction on the Indus River was expected to start this year.

“The National Security Council of Afghanistan has instructed the country’s Foreign and Finance ministries to convey concerns to the World Bank about Pakistan’s decision to build the power project on Kabul-Indus River in Kohistan district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,” the Afghan Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Sunday.

The statement said Pakistan neither informed Afghanistan about the project through diplomatic channels nor there was any agreement between the two countries.

“Afghanistan’s relevant departments do not have any required information and details about the dam and there is a need for a detailed and necessary assessment of the project,” said the Afghan Foreign Ministry.

The Afghan Foreign Ministry called upon all international institutions including the World Bank not to finance and implement the project without the written consent of the Afghan government.

Dasu hydropower project is a run-of-river scheme located 7 km upstream of Dasu village on Indus River, 74 km downstream of Diamer Basha Dam at some 350 km from Islamabad.

Officials say the feasibility study and detailed engineering designs of the project have already been completed. Last month, the government had cleared the Dasu Hydropower Project and the Central Development Working Party (CDWP) constituted a committee to rationalise its cost.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 3rd, 2014.


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Blitzer | 7 years ago | Reply

Afghanistan and its current puppet President Hamid "the Mayor of Kabul" Karzai are parroting India's objections to any major development project in Pakistan for some time now. Pakistan needs to move ahead with the Dasu HP and Diamer Basha HP projects with or without foreign funding. Instead of constructing limited-use metro bus projects or motorways, the Pakistani gov't needs to throw all of its weight behind these two projects.

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