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India-Afghanistan sign MoU to build Lalandar (Shatoot) Dam in Afghanistan

New Delhi: India and Afghanistan on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the construction of the Lalandar [Shatoot] Dam in Afghanistan as part of the new development partnership between the two nations.

The MoU was signed virtually between Foreign Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar and his Afghan counterpart Hanif Atmar in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, an official statement said here.

As per the statement, the proposed dam would meet the safe drinking water needs of Kabul city, provide irrigation water to nearby areas, rehabilitate the existing irrigation and drainage network, aid in flood protection and management efforts in the area, and also provide electricity to the region.

This is the second major dam being built by India in Afghanistan, after the India- Afghanistan Friendship Dam (Salma Dam), which was inaugurated by the Prime Minister and the President in June 2016.

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