Salma Dam inauguration in Herat: What PM Modi said about the importance of his visit to Afghanistan

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New Delhi | Updated: June 4, 2016 6:45:49 PM

In a landmark move, PM Narendra Modi will jointly inaugurate the Afghan-India Friendship Dam (Salma Dam) with Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani...

narendra modiAhead of the inauguration, PM Modi tweeted, “Tomorrow I will visit Afghanistan, where I will join the inauguration of Afghanistan-India Friendship Dam in Herat.” (Reuters)

In a landmark move, PM Narendra Modi will jointly inaugurate the Afghan-India Friendship Dam (Salma Dam) with Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani in Herat province in Western Afghanistan on Saturday. At over $275 million, this is the most expensive of India’s infrastructure projects in the region.

Ahead of the inauguration, PM Modi tweeted, “Tomorrow I will visit Afghanistan, where I will join the inauguration of Afghanistan-India Friendship Dam in Herat.” “Looking forward to meeting President @ashrafghani & discussing India-Afghanistan ties, during my Afghanistan visit. @ARG_AFG,” he said.

Salma Dam, also known as the Herat dam, is a landmark infrastructure project undertaken by Indian government on river Chist-e-Sharif. It is a Multipurpose project planned for generating 42 MW of power, irrigating 75000 hectares of land, water supply and other benefits to the people of Afghanistan.

The project has been executed and implemented by WAPCOS, an Indian government undertaking under the ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.

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The gross capacity of the Dam is 633 Million M3. The height of the Dam is 104.3 Mt, length 540 Mt and width at the bottom is 450 Mt.

Talking about the importance of his visit to Afghanistan, PM Modi in a Facebook post said, “Looking forward to my visit to Afghanistan. I will join President Ashraf Ghani to inaugurate Afghanistan-India Friendship Dam in Herat. It is symbol of our friendship and would usher in hope, light up homes, nourish the fertile fields of Herat and bring prosperity to the people of the region.”

“Look forward to meet my friend President Ashraf Ghani and exchange notes on regional situation and setting agenda for bilateral cooperation in the coming period,” he added.

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