The Ministry of Energy and Water (MoEW) on Sunday signed a contract for the construction of the Machalgho dam, in Paktia province, with a Russian company to the value of $23 million USD. 

Energy and water minister Ali Ahmad Osmani said the dam wall will be 47 meters high and will be one of the biggest dams in the country. Once complete it will irrigate over 3,000 acres of land.

The dam is in Paktia province and construction started seven years ago. However, work came to a halt and the contract with the construction company was cancelled last year after it failed to complete the project on time.

The dam has been built on the Jelga River in Paktia province. Work will however start soon by the Russian company that was awarded the contract.

“The contract was terminated due to problems in speed and work quality,” Osmani said.

“The Paktia people really wanted this dam to be built and I think their demands will be fulfilled,” Mohammad Ajan Mangal, a senator said.

Osmani also said this year the energy and water ministry has signed contracts to the value of over $200 million USD.

Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah meanwhile said the implementation of Machalgho dam is a priority to government and emphasized that security forces will do their best to maintain security of the dam.

“We hope that this project gets finished in less than three years,” Abdullah said.



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