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Shah wa Arus Dam

Shah wa Arus Dam
Shah wa Arus Dam is located in Afghanistan
Shah wa Arus Dam
Location of Shah wa Arus Dam
Location Kabul Province, Afghanistan
Construction began 2012
Opening date 2016
Construction cost $41 million
Operator(s) Afghanistan
Dam and spillways
Type of dam gravity
Impounds Shakardara River
Height 75 m (246 ft)
Width (base) 60 m (197 ft)
Total capacity 180,000 m3 (146 acre·ft)
Power station
Commission date 2016
Turbines 2 x 600 KW
Installed capacity 1.2MW

The Shah wa Arus Dam is a 75m high concrete gravity dam under construction on the Shakardara River, located 22 km away from Kabul City, Afghanistan.[1] The dam with a 60m wide three-bay spillway is mainly geared towards provision of irrigation water as well as flood control and reliable year-round water supply to the city of Kabul as well as the district of Shakardara. The bidding process deadline was on 24 March 2012 to build the Shah-wa-Arus irrigation and hydropower project, which includes a rockfill dam, intake, powerhouse, pickup weir with balancing reservoir and head regulators, and right and left side main canals.[2] Tablieh Construction Company was chosen as the main contractor for the project in a Design-Build contract in which the design services are provided by Alborz Sazeh Company.[3]

President Karzai accompanied by ministers of water and energy Ismayel Khan and economy minister Abdul Hadi Arghandiwa, national Security Council advisor Dr. Rangeen Dadfar Spanta, Kabul Governor Ahmadullah Alizai and members of the National Assembly opened the construction work on the dam on 19 June 2012.[4] The Dam will cost $41 million, with 81 meters height at the rocky base and about 330 000 cubic meters of concrete, would be the first Roller-compacted concrete (R.C.C) that will be implemented within 55 months.[5][6] The dam will produce 1.2 Megawatts of power and irrigate 2700 hectares of land in addition to supplying drinking water for the residents of Kabul city. The project is an important scheme that will create jobs for 500 jobless Afghans during its completion process.[7] The Project is located near the village of Nazim Khel on Shakardara River North West of Kabul Province.

The Shah-wa-Arus Multipurpose Dam Project has the following major components:

  • Roads, Bridges & other Infrastructure
  • Concrete Dam with Power Intake Structure
  • Power House
  • Pick up weir with Balancing Reservoir and Head Regulators[8]

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