— India in Herat (@IndianConsHerat) August 10, 2015
India’s major reconstruction project in Afghanistan, the Salma Dam, is nearing completion. Water has started filling up its reservoirs – delighting Afghan residents in the western Herat province where it is located. India began the reconstruction work of the dam in the war-torn country in 2006.
Filled with joy over the news of the construction work nearing completion, thousands of Afghan residents expressed their gratitude by visiting the Indian consulate in Herat and thanking the officials for the vital role that they played in reconstructing the dam.
$300 million is approximately the amount that India is spending on the dam project and it is expected to produce 42 MW of electricity and water nearly 80,000 hectares of farmland. The reservoir is expected to be completed in around 9-12 months.
Afghans were filled with exhilaration and were all praise for India for taking up the construction of the dam. They took out processions, sang Bollywood numbers and presented the Indian officials at the consulate with flowers. All this just to thank India enough for its efforts.
The really proud and amazing part was that the Afghans carried a 100 m tricolour, along with their own national flag, on the streets of Afghanistan to express gratefulness to the Indian government.
This moment truly sealed the bond between both the nations forever.