The Ministry of Energy and Water (MoEW) of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan signed a contract for the construction of the Machalgho dam, in Paktia province, with a Russian company to the value of about USD 23,000,000.
Energy and Water Ministry said the dam will be 47 meters high and will be one of the biggest dams in the country. Once complete it will irrigate over 3,000 acres of land. Construction of the dam started seven years ago, however, work came to a halt and the contract with the construction company was cancelled last year after it failed to complete the project on time. The dam has been built on the Jelga River in Paktia province. Work will however start soon by the Russian company that was awarded the contract. “The contract was terminated due to problems in speed and work quality,” at the ministry said. “The Paktia people really wanted this dam to be built and I think their demands will be fulfilled,” a local politician said.