President Ashraf Ghani inaugurated construction of Phase III of strategic Kamal Khan Dam during his visit to southwest Nimroz province on Thursday.
The construction of the next phase of the dam on Helmand River is estimated to cost $80 million, channeled through government budget. It is expected to be completed within four years, officials said.
With its completion, the dam is expected to irrigate more than 80,000 hectares of agriculture land and generate around nine megawatts of electricity.
Addressing the inauguration ceremony, President Ghani said that the dam would turn the region back to civilization center.
Calling water an asset, Ghani vowed that the government is committed to control waters.
“Kamal Khan Dam is a tool of transformation and renovation… the project will lead to social and economic welfare of the people,” he said.
Helmand River has been subject to dispute between Afghanistan and Iran.
Ghani said that water management renders cooperation not dispute and which is set according to treaties and laws.
Meanwhile, Ali Ahmad Osmani, the Minister of Energy and Water, said that the project would also facilitate employment and reduce poverty.