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CASA-1000 project’s practical works to kick off soon, DABS

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CASA-1000 project’s practical works to kick off soon, DABS
 CASA-1000 project is one of the largest electricity transit projects in the region, with a total of 720 kilometers of electricity transmission line, of which 562 kilometers line are passing from seven provinces of Afghanistan.
According to officials from Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) say that soon the practical work of CASA project would be started.
Wahidullah Tawhidi, spokesman for Breshna Sherkat told media that this project beside other benefits will give electricity to Afghanistan, along with a number of comprehensive services projects in the parts of the country where the project is being implemented will be launched. 
Meanwhile, a number of economic analysts, welcomed practicing of this project in Afghanistan, are demanding that the government also work on building major dams in the country.
Sayed Massoud a Kabul University lecturer in this connection said that CASA-1000 is a project, the execution of which would benefit Afghanistan as well and the government should do its best to execute it, also it’s a great economic and infrastructural project such projects are executed in the country, Afghanistan would go ahead towards self-sufficiency and stand on its feet on the economic arena.
By implementation of CASA-1000 1,300 megawatts of electricity from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan will reach to Afghanistan and Pakistan.
At the same time as the project work starts in Afghanistan, the construction of a new substation also will begin in the country.
Launching such projects would help wide number of youths find job and gradually reduce poverty and unemployment in the country also prove a high source of income for the government and moreover, the CASA-project would help strengthen economic relations between Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan, with benefit for Afghanistan.
In developing countries, especially Pakistan and Afghanistan, they are suffering from energy shortages, and they have more energy than Central Asian countries, especially Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. For this reason, in order to meet the energy needs of South developing countries, a large amount of energy is transmitted from countries with high levels of energy, especially electricity, to these countries. One of these projects is the CASA-1000 project.
There are also comments that the project, which will transfer 1,300 megawatts of extra power from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan through Afghanistan to Pakistan in the months of May to September, was signed in November 2007 among four countries.
The project extends from 477 km from Kyrgyzstan to Tajikistan and 750 km from Tajikistan to Pakistan via Afghanistan. 
It covers a total of 1227 kilometers. First, a 500kv electricity power transmission from the city of Datka of Kyrgyzstan will be transferred to Khujand of Tajikistan, and to Dushanbe, Rigger, Nurik and the Sang Toda cities.
In Tajikistan’s Sang Toda area, the voltage is converted from 500kw to 220kw, meanwhile, it has been turned into 1,300 megawatts of power will enter to Kunduz, and passing through the Kunduz, Baghlan and Parwan provinces will reach to Kabul.
In Kabul, a storage facility will be built along with a large power plant with a capacity of 300 megawatts of electricity, which will include electricity import and exports as well as electricity conversion. Then the electricity from Kabul will be exported to Pakistan via Laghman and Nangarhar provinces.
The total cost of the project is about $ 953 million, which is being funded by all four countries involved in this project. A total of $ 953 million, Afghanistan’s contribution is $ 309 million, Tajikistan $ 251 million, Pakistan $ 197 million, and the Kyrgyz Republic $ 196 million, which the most costs are being paid by the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, the Islamic Development Bank, USAID, British International Development Agency and Australian International Development Agency.