Scores of Afghan law makers in the lower house of the parliament have criticized the Government of Afghanistan for redirecting the TUTAP project, insisting Government should be benefited significantly from the following big projects.
However some members of the parliament are optimistic on the implementation of the following project through Salang pass and 12 southern provinces will be benefited.
The following imported electricity project provides benefits for Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Currently, the TUTAP project faces problems due to its transmission route, which was earlier agreed upon a survey conducted by a German company to pass through central provinces of the country, including Samangan and Bamyan which has been also called the cheapest route, but recently the line has been changed to cross through ‘Salang Pass’
Moreover, on the basis of Afghan government’s proposal, a 500 KW power transmission line would also connect Afghanistan and Turkmenistan.
“The line would have capacity of more than 1000 megawatt of electricity, But it depends upon us to what extent we need energy so that to be transmitted”, Azimi said, adding that in the first year, 300 megawatt of electricity would be purchased from Turkmenistan and then it would be extended to 600 MW and finally would reach to maximum of capacity which is 1000 MW.
Mp Ghulam Hussien Nassiri said,” the decision on power transmission from Salang Pass is against the National interests, questioning the decision why should the central provinces be ignored.”
“National decision should be made on National project, we need to avoid any private decision on redirection of the TUTAP project Nadirsha Bahar Mp said,”
Speaker of the lower house of the parliament, Abdul Raouf Ibrahimi has tasked the special committee for telecommunication to clear the following issue, and mark the major reasons.
Concerns remain and Nation will be waiting for the final decision of the National Unity Government on the redirection of the following project.
Reported by Rafi Sediqee