The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

Dozens of projects to be implemented for water management countrywide

The Ministry of Energy and Water of the Islamic Emirate has said that dozens of major and small projects will be implemented this year to improve water management in the country. Officials of the respective ministry have said that more than 300 projects have been already carried out countrywide to better manage the country’s water. Based on the information of the ministry of water and energy, almost 411 projects have been planned for the full management of water resources with the goal of balanced development of the country’s river basins, big and medium dams, minor water control dams, and irrigation canals, as well as an underground water supply and water supply project from Panjshir river to Kabul.

According to the ministry’s officials, 604 hydrogeological surveys have been con- ducted in order to establish a research network in the field of water resources and to find location for the wells’ water.

Officials of the respective ministry added that meetings have been held to draft proposals for attracting investment from international organizations such as FAO, WFP, GIZ, UNICEEF and JICA on water management projects in villages and cities, asking the respective organizations to cooperate with Afghanistan in the energy sector. Speaking to journalists in a news conference held on Monday, deputy Minister of Water and Energy Mujibur Rahman Akhundzada said that construction work on some dams were still underway in the country.  “Construction work on the Shah Wa Aros, Tori, and Kamal Khan dams is still underway while work on the first phase of the second part of the Kajaki dam has been completed,” Akhundzada said, adding that work on the third phase of the Kamal Khan Dam in Nimroz, the Shah Wa Aros Dam in Kabul, the Tori Dam in Zabul, and the reform project of the lake along the Namak-Ab Canal Project in Takhar was underway.  Pointing to the water treaty with neighboring countries, the deputy minister of water and energy said that they had such a treat with only Iran and Afghanistan was committed to the treaty, stressing that Afghanistan had no other water treaties with other countries in the region. He said that in case of any problems, Afghanistan would deal with them in accordance with international principles. Officials of the Ministry of Water and Energy asked relevant international organizations to execute their incomplete projects in the country. Samiullah Momand

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.