Officials from Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) have warned that continued security threats in the area could undermine progress on the critical Kajaki power dam project in southern province of Helmand.
“Kajaki dam remains one of our biggest projects. We are trying to install the second turbine in the dam and the work is in progress to accomplish the task. But security still remains a major challenge to us and the continuation of security threats in Kajaki district could undermine work on the project. Therefore the government must act and provide security for the project,” head of DABS Mirwais Alimi said.
Meanwhile, officials from the Afghan Ministry of Interior (MoI) have warned that the armed insurgents intend to hinder progress on the country’s mega economic project.
“The insurgents have always tried to dismantle Kajaki power dam. The main purpose of the (recent) Zulfiqar operation was to secure the Kajaki district.
Currently we have sufficient forces in Helmand and will not allow anyone to pose a threat and delay work progress on the dam,” Sediq Sediqqi, a spokesman for MoI said on Thursday.
The Kajaki Dam project entails the renovation and installation of turbines. The project was originally started ten years ago with $150 million USD in aid from the U.S. government. The project was expected to generate 150 megawatts of power for Kandahar and Helmand provinces, but so far it has only been able to generate a maximum of 30 megawatts of electricity.