Taliban fires dozens of mortars on the Salma Dam, the Afghan-India Friendship Dam
The We For News reported Taliban have fired dozens of mortars on the Salma Dam, a major source of electricity and irrigation in the Chesht district of Herat province in Afghanistan.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had jointly inaugurated the Afghan-India Friendship Dam (Salma Dam) with Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani at Chist-e-Sharif in Herat province in Western Afghanistan in June 2016.
According to the We For News, the Afghan National Water Authority has said that the agency had warned of catastrophic fallouts of the continued Taliban attacks.
Afghanistan Times reported “Salma Dam will be destroyed if the militants continue to fire rockets,” adding that some of the rockets had landed near the dam.
It said that a large number of Afghan citizens would suffer losses if the Salma Dam is damaged as the lives and livelihoods of many in eight districts of Herat province depend on the water reservoir of Salma Dam.
It has called on the Taliban to stop its rocket attacks on Salma Dam, which is a “national asset and should not be damaged in the war”.
Citing Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, the We For News reported however, has denied any involvement, saying, “We did not shoot at Salma Dam at all.”
He also claimed that the security of Kamal Khan Dam is now in the hands of the Taliban.
Salma Dam is located in the upper reaches of Harirod River near Chesht district. It is 107m high and 550m long.
The Afghan-India Friendship Dam is a multipurpose project planned for generating 42 MW power, irrigating 75,000 hectares of land, providing water supply and other benefits to the people of Afghanistan.