President Ashraf Ghani officially inaugurated the 9-MW Kamal Khan Dam small hydro project in Nimroz province, Afghanistan, on March 24 by pressing the button that opened the dam’s gates and started water flowing into the channel.
Kamal Khan Dam is on the Helmand River in Chahar Burjak District. The gravity dam is 16 m high and 2.274 km long. It impounds water for irrigation and power production. Construction on the project officially began in 1974 but was halted after the 1978 Saur Revolution. Work on the third phase (the main dam and control dam) began in April 2017.
Kamal Khan Dam is managed by Afghanistan’s National Water Affairs Regulation Authority (NWARA), which was formerly the Ministry of Energy and Water.
President Ghani was accompanied by First and Second Vice-Presidents, AOP General Director, members of the cabinet and other senior government officials. At a ceremony, President Ghani laid a wreath at the minaret to pay tribute to the martyrs of Kamal Khan Dam.