New Delhi: India on Tuesday announced an agreement with Afghanistan for building the Shahtoot Dam, which would provide safe drinking water to residents of Kabul city.
Jaishankar said at the conference, “I am happy to announce today an agreement with Afghanistan for building the Shahtoot dam, which would provide safe drinking water to 2 million residents of Kabul city. It builds on the 202-km Phul-e-Khumri transmission line of 2009, through which we provided power to the city.
Shahtoot Dam is a proposed dam in the Kabul river basin, one of the five river basins in Afghanistan. This project will provide drinking, irrigation and Environmental water for Kabul province. The cost of this project is estimated to be about US$120 to $305 million and the feasibility study of this project cost USD 1.86 million which was completed in 2012. The return per year would be about US$2 million per year. This dam is going to be constructed by India
- Supply irrigation water for about 10,000 ha of existing agriculture land.
- Supply drinking water for around 2 Million people in Kabul city
- Provision of environmental flow in the river flowing in the Kabul city
- Recharge of groundwater for drinking purposes in Kabul groundwater aquifer.
- Contribution to the national food security (production of more crops, fishery and industry)
- Promotion of tourism industry
- Increase in job opportunities and income.
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