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Govt okays 31 water supply schemes

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KABUL, Nov 21 (Pajhwok Afghan News): Ministry of Energy and Water on Wednesday inked 31 different water supply and distribution projects with different local companies here which will cost $3.8m.

The projects to be executed in one year period will help irrigate 140 hector farmlands.

Speaking on the occasion, Muhammad Ismail Khan minister for Energy and Water said the projects included cleaning and construction of water canals will be implemented in Ghazni, Nangarhar, Faryab, Herat, Samangan, Takhar, Konduz, Baghlan, Zabul, Nimroz, Sar-i-Pul, Bamyan, Kandahar and Logar provinces.

The projects are estimated to benefit 360,000 people, Khan hoped.

Presently there are 169 on-going water supply projects in the country, he added; work on 68 more water supply and distribution projects may begin in the near future.

Water supply system and its use was a key program of the ministry, he said, they were trying hard to reach the goal through construction of water dam in different parts of the country.

Afghanistan has 75 million cubic meter water every year, while only 35% of it is utilized and the rest drain out of the country without being used, the minister concluded.

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Written by afghandevnews

November 24, 2007 at 4:51 pm

Posted in Development

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