India’s projects in Afghanistan, which have crossed $2 billion in the last 16 years.
As per news reports last year the two countries agreed to initiate an ambitious and forward-looking ‘New Development Partnership’, according to which India agreed to take up 116 high-impact community development projects to be implemented in 31 provinces of Afghanistan, including in the fields of education, health, agriculture, irrigation, drinking water, renewable energy, flood control, micro-hydropower, sports infrastructure and administrative infrastructure.
Bilateral development cooperation is a key pillar of the strategic partnership, and a positive impact of the projects implemented under the $2 billion development and economic assistance extended by India to Afghanistan has contributed towards social, economic, infrastructure and human resource development in the country, added the reports.
According to officials, the new projects are:
* Shahtoot dam and drinking water project for Kabul that would also facilitate irrigation.
* Low cost housing for returning Afghan refugees in Nangarhar province to promote resettlement.
* Road connectivity to Band-e-Amir in Bamyan province that would promote tourism to the national park and economic development.
* Water supply network for Charikar city in Parwan province.
* Establishment of a gypsum board manufacturing plant in Kabul to promote value added industry.
* Construction of a polyclinic in Mazar-e-Sharif.
* Development of communication infrastructure (optic fibre) and Surobi 2 hydropower plant with capacity of 180 MW.