Agreement signed to reconstruct Siahsang Irrigation Canal
KABUL: Ministry of Water and Energy (MoWE) on Saturday signed agreement with two local companies to reconstruct Siahsang Irrigation Canal.
Muhammad Esmaiel, Minister of MoWE after signing the contract of project with two Afghan companies said the project has been funded by Asian Development Bank (ADB) and will cost $ 7.69 million. The project will complete within 18 months.
He said Siahsang canal is playing significant role in irrigation as the 19 kilometer canal at the moment is responsible for irrigation of 265 hectares agriculture land. It will irrigate nearly 2100 hectares after completion. “The contract has been awarded to National Gold Construction Company and Samandar Company.”
He further said that reconstruction of the irrigation canals was his priority. Around 1800 canals out of 6600 were reconstructed while 900 were under-construction.
Several irrigation projects have been initiated on Murghab and Harerod rivers which would irrigate sufficient areas in Farah, Herat, Ghor, Badghes and Balamurghab while other projects are on the cards, he added.
He informed that Islamic Bank and ADB would grant $88 million for the on cards projects.
He went on saying that World Bank (WB) has pledged $148 million to support the irrigation projects in Afghanistan. However, the government needs more funds to complete the projects without any hindrance.
The representatives of both companies assured that they would complete the project within 15 months. They claimed the project would complete three earlier before the mentioned deadline. We would ensure high quality and will employ modern machinery.
The canal is located some 23 kilometer away from Chighcheran (capital of Ghor province).
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