Afghanistan-India inch closer further

Afghanistan-India inch closer further

KABUL: A contract worth $113 million for Ghazni-Kandahar power project was signed between the state power company, Da Breshna Sherkat, and an Indian firm, KEC International.

The contract was signed in ARG Presidential Palace by the two parties and in the presence of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan Manpreet Vohra and other high level officials.

According to the Afghan officials, the project is part of the 500kv Turkmenistan power project and will include a 220kv transmission line from Ghazni to southern Kandahar province.

Da Breshna Sherkat, Chief Executive Qudratullah Delawari said the project would be built with the financial support of the United States Agency for International Development.

Delawari further added that five substations each in Qarabagh, Moqor, Shahjoi, Qalat and East of Kandahar would also be built once the project of the transmission line was completed. 

The Afghan government has stepped up efforts to execute key infrastructure projects including power transmission lines. Earlier, a contract was signed for the transmission of 300MW electricity line from the northern Doshi to central Bamyan province.