KABUL: The work on a major canalization project began on Wednesday in the northern province of Balkh with the presence of senior officials of the current government.
Talking to the opening ceremony of the project—which is named Qosh Tapa canal—in Kaldar district of Balkh, the first deputy of the Prime Minister, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar said that the canal is the priority of the government.
“With the construction of this canal, the country will reach self-sufficiency in agriculture,’ he said. “We will not be begging other countries to help us. A country cannot be developed via aid.”
The “Qosh Tapa” canal is 280 km long and 100 meters wide. It will begin in the Kaldar district of Balkh and cross through Jawzjan and Faryab.
The project will be completed within five years and will help the agricultural sufficiency of Afghanistan.
The project will cost 60 billion Afs that will be provided by the government.
“This canal is around 280 km long and 100 meters wide and 8.5 meters deep,” said Islamic Emirate spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid.