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Gov’t urged to take specific measure to protect Salma Dam

PARLIMENT_05_06_2016_DARI_SOT.mpg_snapshot_00.27_[2016.06.05_15.19.02]Afghan government is responsible to take specific measures for the security of Salma Dam, the biggest infrastructural project build by India in Herat province of Afghanistan, Senate members urged on Sunday.

“The government must strive hard in the operation and maintenance of this dam, the security of the dam is very important which needs specific measures by the government of Afghanistan,” Taiba Zahedi, senate member from Herat province said.

Salma Dam or the Afghan-India Friendship Dam is a multipurpose project planned for generating 42 MW of power and irrigating 75,000 hectares of land.This landmark infrastructure project was undertaken by the government of India on river Chisht-e-Sharif in west of Afghanistan.

Muhammad Alam Ezadyar another member of the senate house from Panjshir province said,” all countries that are our allies in Afghanistan must take part to implement big projects in Afghanistan and India must be an example”.

All countries that are our allies in Afghanistan, and India should model their functions and in the construction of large projects in Afghanistan share. “

The Afghan-India Friendship Dam was inaugurated by the Afghan President Muhammad Ashraf Ghani and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday in Herat where Modi was called the “dearest friend”.

“Most welcome to my dearest friend Narendra Modi to his second home,” Afghan leader wrote on his twitter.

Senate Speaker, Fazel Hadi Muslimyar emphasize that Afghanistan must make its efforts double to launch more projects with the support of the international community.

“The opening of Salma Dam was a very good news to the nation of Afghanistan and the President must try to attract more infrastructural aids to Afghanistan,” Muslimyar said.

Senates also emphasize that inauguration of the Dam enhance the historic relation between Afghanistan and India and it will further cement the relations of the two country and therefore the enemies will try to disrupt this achievement which needs the caution of the Afghan government

In the meantime, Afghan residents expressed optimisms over Salma Dam; calling on National Unity Government (NUG) to make further efforts in providing the security of this dam.

“The Salma dam is a great achievement for us but the government should make further efforts to protect it,” Hafiz, one of Kabul inhabitants said.

“The Salma dam is not just only for the Herat province but is also for all Afghan residents,” Asadullah, another resident of Kabul said.

On the other side, the Ministry of National Defense has assured the people about overall security of the Salma dam.

“We have taken the security of Salma dam in three parts; first the Urban Protection Unit, second the police and third the national army who control the dam,” Muhammad Radmanish, deputy spokesman of defense ministry said.

Reported by: Rafi Sediqi

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