Salma Dam on Harirod River in Herat rechristened as ‘Afghan-India Friendship Dam’

As a testimony to the growing ties between Afghanistan and India, the Afghan government has decided to rechristen Salma Dam in western Herat province as ‘Afghan-India Friendship Dam’.

The decision was taken during a meeting of the council of ministers in Kabul, said a statement issued by the presidential palace.

Afghan-India Friendship Dam, a 300 million USD hydroelectric and irrigation dam located on Harirod River in Chiste district of Herat, is a flagship infrastructural project of India’s developmental assistance to Afghanistan.

The construction work on this is nearing completion and is expected to be fully operational by mid-2016.

Afghan-India Friendship Dam, a 300 million USD hydroelectric and irrigation dam located on Harirod River in Herat, is a flagship infrastructural project of India’s developmental assistance to Afghanistan

The dam was first constructed in 1976 but suffered heavy damage during the years of civil war in Afghanistan. As part of its financial assistance for reconstruction and rebuilding in Afghanistan, Indian government pledged to invest 300 million USD on the dam in 2006.

The work on the dam was originally scheduled to finish by the end of 2014, but the deadline was later extended due to some security and technical issues.

The project includes construction of 107.5 meter high and 550 meter long rock fill dam and other components of hydroelectric power project like spillway, powerhouse, switchyard and transmission line.

Last month, the project passed a critical stage with the closure of diversion tunnel gate and start of the filling of dam reservoir.

The filling of 20-kilometer long and 3.7 kilometer wide dam reservoir with storage capacity of 640 million m3 is expected to take 9 to 12 months to complete, according to Indian Consulate in Herat.

The filling of 20-kilometer long and 3.7 kilometer wide dam reservoir with storage capacity of 640 million m3 is expected to take 9 to 12 months to complete, according to Indian Consulate in Herat 

With the completion of project, the problem of irrigation and electricity will be solved to a large extent. The dam will have the capacity to irrigate 80,000 hectares of land and produce 42 megawatt electricity.

Earlier this month, thousands of people in Herat assembled in Herat Stadium to celebrate the progress of work on the dam.

The impressive function was aptly named “Jashn-e-Noor-e-Gandom” (celebrations of light and wheat), reflecting the positive benefits of the ambitious project in the areas of power and agriculture.

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