Residents want Shahi Canal’s construction

MEHTARLAM (Pajhwok): Some tribal elders and local residents in eastern Laghman province have demanded authorities to launch the construction of Shahi Canal project in Alingar district.
They said the construction of Shahi canal will facilitate the irrigation of thousands of hectares of barren land.
Mohammad Nader, a tribal elder from Alingar district, told Pajhwok Afghan News: “The construction of Shahi Canal which starts from Alingar River will help irrigate thousands hectares of barren desert”.
Mohammad Qasem Sahibulhaq, another tribal elder of Badiul Ebad area of Mehtarlam, the provincial capital, told Pajhwok, the project will generate work opportunities to many residents and urged the acting government to launch the Shahi Canal project as soon as possible.
While some provincial officials said, Shahi Canal was first built by local people about 100 years ago which currently has the capacity of irrigating 300 hectares of land.
The second part of this project which will facilitate the flow of water from the older canal in Alingar district to Mehtarlam was back during the government of former President Mohammad Dawood Khan, but has never been implemented, the officials added.