A decade after the construction of Salma Multipurpose Dam, it is scheduled to be commissioned next year.
An investment of Rs 1400 crore across the Harirud River at Chist-e-Shariff in Herat province of Afghanistan led to the rise of dam and it, as analysed, will generate 42 MW of power, inclusive of the potential for irrigating 75,000 ha of land.
To convey their thanks, Afghanistan’s Herat province fenced around with 100m India-Afghanistan flag.
“Nearly 90 per cent of the work is over. Some works including electromechanical and transmission lines are to be completed,” Union Water Resource Ministry sources said, adding, the project is expected to be commissioned by middle of 2016. The construction works started in January 2006, they said.
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Second largest overseas hydropower project built by India is none other than Salma Dam , whose annual energy generation would be 86.6 giga watt hour.
The reservoir water spreads about 20 KM in length and 3.7 KM in width, while the dam, which is 107 Metre high, 550 Metre long and 500 Metre wide, has the gross water capacity of 633 Million Cubic Metres.
The sources said the dam would be handed over to the Afghan Government, which would take care of the maintenance after the project has been commissioned.
By Prerna Daga
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