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Big Wapcos work in Afghanistan

Gaurav Raghuvanshi

New Delhi , Sept. 24

STATE-owned Water and Power Consultancy Services (India) Ltd (Wapcos) has bagged several prestigious projects in the reconstruction of Afghanistan. These projects include preparation of project reports for rehabilitation of the Quargha reservoir, the Amir Ghazi dam, the Khanabad irrigation project and six small hydel power schemes.

"Wapcos is actively involved in the reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan in close association with the Ministry of External Affairs. We are also engaged in preparing a fresh project report for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the 40-MW Salma Dam in Hert province," the Wapcos Chairman and Managing Director, Mr D. Datta, told Business Line.

The pre-feasibility assessment of the Salma dam project has already been completed and Wapcos is now reworking the report for the completion of the project, Mr Datta said, adding that the company was working on the project before the country witnessed a political and military upheaval and slipped into the hands of the fundamentalist Taliban regime.

"In the present scenario, Afghanistan's priority is to provide shelter, medical facilities, food, drinking water and hygiene. Rebuilding the country's infrastructure, much of which has been ravaged by the war is another high priority. Several road, communication, power generation and transmission projects are coming up and we are actively looking at ways to contribute to the reconstruction of the country," he said.

Recognising that infrastructural development would not be possible without adequate availability of water and power, Wapcos is offering the company's expertise in these sectors to both domestic and international companies and the Afghanistan Government. The company is also undertaking drilling of nearly 75 deep bore tube-wells to meet drinking water requirements in Hert province.

"We have established a good reputation as a consultant in the international market. We may not be as hyped as some of the leading names, but for water and power projects, our forte is well recognised among global players," Mr Datta said.

In the past, Wapcos has undertaken consultancy services relating to surveys, feasibility studies, detailed engineering, construction supervision and human resource development in several projects in Afghanistan.

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