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Increasing hopes on implementation of development projects in Afghanistan

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Increasing hopes on implementation of development projects in Afghanistan
 Recent contracts which were signed on second phase of Kajaki hydropower plant, construction of Zamin Dawar canal and Musa Qala Dam with a private company, create hopes for implementation of more development projects.
A presidential statement said that these contracts were inked at the end of HEC meeting. The statement adds that these contracts including 100 MW power generation project of second phase of Kajaki dam, purchase of Kajaki power, and construction of Zamin Dawar canal and Musa Qala Dam which were singed with 77 private  Co in the presence of president Ghani, CE Dr Abdullah, members of HEC, by chairman of Breshna Co and 77 Co.
The statement said that the 77 Co would invest US $175m in second phase of Kajaki dam and this project would be implemented through public and private partnership for 20 years.
According to the statement, the project would be a sustainable government revenue source through taxes and the Afghan government would earn US$ 93m from taxes. Economically, the project would create many employment opportunities and would be a sustainable alternative for imported energy and growth of private sector investment in energy sector.
Construction of Zamin Dawar canal and Musa Qala Dam would create more facilities for local people including people access to hygienic potable water, prevention of floods, irrigation of arable lands and power generation. This project would create ground of direct and indirect occupation for locals with positive environmental impacts.
According to a statement of the MoWP, the construction of Yatimtapa head dam and its supporting walls with a length 5.5km with an expedition of US$18m of ADB assistance has concluded. This project would cause elimination of risk of possible floodings, and provide irrigation water for Khawja Bahauddin and Yangi Qala districts, Takhar province.
In an interview with The Kabul Times reporter economist Saifuddin Saihoon said, the Afghan people support the government development projects, investment in these sectors at current circumstances is very important, because majority of our people are involved in agriculture and it requires sufficient water.