The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

Construction of dams key for water resources

Afghanistan is a mountainous and landlocked land that is located in the heart of Asia. This country has about 5800 kilometers of common borders with neighboring countries. Mountains and rocks cover large parts of Afghanistan in the north and northeast and these towering mountains such as the Pamir and Hindu Kush mountains, which have snow-covered peaks even in the heat of summer; have caused large rivers to flow in this country. Due to the lack of facilities and capacity for water exploitation in Afghanistan, the flow of abundant and sweet rivers has drawn the special attention of the neighboring countries to control the waters of this country. According to statistics, about 75% of Afghanistan’s water flows to neighboring countries. War, insecurity and mismanagement of water resources in Afghanistan have caused this country, apart from pouring a lot of water worth 50 billion U.S. dollars to neighboring countries, as Afghanistan spend another 300 million U.S. dollars annually to buy the required electricity from Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Iran. It is now time that the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) should go for management of the country’s water resources. It is the right of Afghanistan to manage its water resources by building small and major dams in the country. With the Islamic Emirate takeover in mid-August 2021, efforts have been made for the management of the country’s water resources. In the past two years, construction work has been started on some dams in the country. This time, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) leadership, under the directive of the Supreme Leader, Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada, has announced plans to build a major dam in the Khashrod district, in Nimruz Province, in order to better manage water resources. According to reports, construction work on the project costing some two billion AFG will soon be started. The report said that the proposed dam wall would reach a height of 50 meters and would be capable of holding approximately 60 million cubic meters of water. This capacity is anticipated to facilitate the irrigation of around 8,000 hectares of agricultural land, potentially enhancing the region’s agricultural productivity. Responsibility has been assigned to the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development. This comes after Bakhsh Abad Dam was recently inaugurated in the Farah Rod district of Farah Province in the presence of high-ranking officials of the Islamic Emirate. It is worth mentioning that Hirmand River is one of the large and water-filled seas of Afghanistan and Asia, where billions of cubic meters of water flow annually. This sea originates from the heights of Mount Baba, 40 km west of Kabul, from the Hindu Kush Mountain range in Afghanistan. And after a distance of 1100 km from the eastern side of Afghanistan to the west, it bends to the northwest in the Kamal Khan dam area and enters the Hamun Lake, which is a common lake between Afghanistan and Iran, 36 km southeast of Zabul. It should be mentioned that 180 balers are installed across the border of Afghanistan and Iran, 90 of which are located from Zulfiqar crater to the vicinity of Shindand (from north to south), and another 90 balers are located from Rabat-Jali to the end of Makmahon (from south to north). S.Raqib

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.