Prime Minister Narendra Modi who began his five-nation tour on June 4 made a special stop in Afghanistan for a short period to inaugurate the India-Afghanistan Friendship Dam (Salma Dam) before he heads to Qatar.
Making a special stopover in Afghanistan, Modi headed to Herat province to inaugurate dam.
Afghan citizen holding Indian Flag near the Salma DamPIP
The Salma Dam project was undertaken by India’s WAPCOS Ltd, which is a Government of India undertaking. The Dam has been built on the Chist-e-Sharif river costing a total of Rs.170 crore.
In the past the project faced several challenges such as security problems, but last year in July after a long struggle, water finally started flowing in the dam.
Herat, which shares a border with Iran, has a long history of wars on its land, including that of Alexander the Great, Mongols and Arabs, who had fought for its control.
PM Modi during his last visit in December had also inaugurated the new parliament building of the Afghans which was constructed by India as well.
In a gesture that proves how valued India is to Afghanistan, PM Modi was honoured with Amir Amanullah Khan Award, the nation’s highest civilian honour.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani honouring PM Modi with the country’s highest civilian honour. MEA