Construction has commenced on a dam for an upcoming hydroelectric power station (HEPS) in the Afghan province of Takhar, adjacent to Tajikistan. Abdul Latif Mansoor, Acting Minister of Energy and Water Resources of Afghanistan, announced this during his visit to the Varshay district. According to Mansoor, the dam will serve a dual purpose, enabling both water storage and irrigation of 365,000 acres of land. The prospective HEPS will have the capacity to generate 80 megawatts of electrical energy, facilitating the electrification of the provinces of Takhar, Kunduz, and Badakhshan.
Local authorities assert that three more suitable locations for dam construction for future hydroelectric power stations exist within the province of Takhar. This will enable the irrigation of thousands of acres of agricultural land. Takhar’s residents welcome this development, highlighting that the previous administration under Ashraf Ghani did not give sufficient attention to this issue.