Afghanistan: authorities pledge to ensure security of CASA, TAPI projects

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KABUL (TCA) — The government of Afghanistan is working to ensure the security of major regional economic projects that will be implemented in the war-torn country this year. The projects include the Central Asia-South Asia (CASA-1000) electricity transmission project from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to Afghanistan and Pakistan, and Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) natural gas pipeline project, TOLOnews reported.

The relevant government institutions say they have prepared for ensuring the safety of the projects and as well as raising public awareness of their importance.

Other major projects which will be implemented this year include the last phase of the Afghan ring road and Machalgho Dam in Paktia province.

The Afghan Ministry of Interior said plans have been drafted to ensure the safety of these projects in liaison with relevant organizations.

Work on the TAPI project will kick off in Herat province within the next month.

The spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Mines and Petroleum, Abdul Qadeer Mutfi, said the ministry continues its efforts to raise public awareness of the implementation of the TAPI pipeline project.

“The goal of the public awareness program is to ensure that people understand the importance of major economic projects. We have held talks with tribal elders, religious scholars and the youth in Nimroz, Herat, Kandahar, Helmand, Farah and all other provinces where the pipeline will pass,” he told TOLOnews.

Sergey Kwan

TCA