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India to help Afghanistan build 12 dams on Kabul River

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  1. Varad

    Varad Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    India to help Afghanistan build 12 dams on Kabul River

    ISLAMABAD: After restricting the flow of waters in the Indus, Jhelum and Chenab rivers by building hydropower projects on these rivers, India seems poised to intensify the water war against Pakistan with a plan to build 12 hydropower projects on the Kabul River in Afghanistan.

    Indian experts are extending help to Afghanistan to build 12 dams on the Kabul River with a total water storage capacity of 4.7 Million Acre Feet (MAF), 25% more than that of Mangla Dam.

    According to documents exclusively available with The News, the government of Afghanistan is initiating multi-purpose water projects on the tributaries of the Kabul River with assistance from the international community. India plans to assist Afghanistan in this initiative, which will adversely impact Pakistan. The documents also show that the World Bank will provide funding for the 12 dams that will cost $7.079 billion.

    Meanwhile US authorities have also offered their services to facilitate a water treaty between Pakistan and Afghanistan to ward off a future water dispute between the two countries. According to documents, four hydropower projects will be constructed in Punjshir sub-basin. These include the $332 million Totumdara project which will generate 200 MW of electricity and have water storage capacity of 332510 acres feet; the $1.174b Barak project which will generate 100 MW of electricity and store 429830 acres feet of water; $ 1.078 billion Panjshir (100 MW) project with the capacity to store 1054300 acres feet of water; and the $607 million Baghdara (210 MW) project with the capacity to store 324400 acres feet of water.

    In the Logur Upper Kabul sub-basin on the Kabul River four more dams are to be built which include the $72 million Haijana project (72 MW) with water storage capacity of 178420 acres feet; $207 million Kajab (15 MW) project with water storage capacity of 324400 acres feet; the $356 million Tangi Wadag (56 MW) project with capacity to store 283850 acres feet; and $51m Gat (86 MW) project with water storage capacity of 405500 acres feet.

    Four more dams will be built in the Lower Kabul sub-basin, including the $442 million Sarobi project (210 MW) with the capacity to store 324400 acres feet of water,; the $1.434 billion Laghman project (1251 MW) with water storage capacity of 233568 acres feet; and the $1.094 billion Konar (A) (94.8 MW) and Kama projects (11.5 MW).

    Pakistan and Afghanistan currently share nine rivers with annual flows of about 18.3 million acres feet (MAF) of which Kabul River accounts for 16.5 MAF, while River Chitral, which originates from Pakistan, contributes about 8.5 MAF. After it enters Afghanistan this river is called River Kunar. It joins the Kabul River near Jalalabad and then re-enters Pakistan.

    Arshad H Abbasi, a water and energy expert associated with the Sustainable Development Policy Institute in Islamabad has written a letter to President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani drawing their attention towards the Indian plan and urging them to address the issue with the help of neutral experts.

    The letter, a copy of which is available with The News, says: “Ninety percent of Afghanistan’s land area is located in the five river basins namely: Panj-Amu Darya River Basin, Northern River Basin, Harirud-Murghab Basin, Helmand River Basin and Kabul River Basin.The total storage capacity of these dams is around 4.7 Million Acre Feet, which is 25% more than that of Mangla Dam. It is further estimated that the planned dams will utilise 0.5 MAF water to irrigate additional 14,000 acres of land.

    “Afghanistan has the right to utilise water from the Kabul River as the total flow of Kabul River is 21,000 Million Cubic Meter. But River Kunar, which contributes 15,000 Million Cubic Meter to the Kabul River, originates from Pakistan.

    “In the absence of major dams in Pakistan, it is feared that Pakistan will have to buy electricity from Afghanistan, which is the underlying purpose of the above mentioned plan of the Afghan Government in collaboration with India.â€￾

    India to help Afghanistan build 12 dams on Kabul River
     
  2. Patrician

    Patrician Lieutenant SENIOR MEMBER

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    This is good.

    Now whenever Pakistan threatens Afghanistan with trade routes etc., Afghanistan can simply turn the tap. :lol:
     
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  3. Varad

    Varad Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    LOL. But will take some years to build these.
     
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    Enough of Pakistan bullying Afganistan...its time that they will stand on there legs & demand some respect from Pakistan...Afganistan will always be a good proxy of India against Pakistan
     
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    or just turn it off completely !!! lol !!!
     
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    xXX-Nair:::Saab-XXx Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    if there was some Insane pakistani here then he would have posted comments like"we would nuke them if Afganistan does anything like that" for a average pakistani Nuke is the solution for there every problem...
     
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    Brilliant, we know where to invest.

    Now somebody gonna hurt real bad.:wub:
     
  8. Patrician

    Patrician Lieutenant SENIOR MEMBER

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    lol It's not so easy to nuke anybody, mate.

    There are consequences involved.

    As far as Pakistan is concerned, those consequences might erase Pakistan from the world Map.
     
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    Enough War Mongering theres Gonna be a Spark following a nuclear blast that will be the end of u Fanboy...:pop:
     
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    I dont recommend Indian nuking them...why to waste nukes when 1.2 billion people can create a Flood by pi$$ing...:laugh:
     
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    I know buddy.. i know... i forgot that every one in that country have access to that nuclear button, and hence will proclaim we will nuke you , we will nuke you every now and then. :lol:
     
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    i have heard news that in next election zardari has promised one nuke for every family if he wins election...he says it will be the end all family problems in paksitan...vote do nuke lo...:haha:
     
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    Great news for Afghans here in Afghanistan, the Indian contribution to Afghanistan hits USD 2 bln now.
     
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  14. Varad

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    Yes, we envision a strong, stable. sovereign and prosperous Afghanistan which is able to take its own decision and not get bullied by any other country.
     
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    Our region needs stability and its the real sense of contentment that we r helping afghanistan n its people to stand again n fight the odds but some people either dnt want to live and neither want others to live in peace.Hope the stronger afg will lead this region to another leap of prosperity and brotherhood.
     
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