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All Plans in Place for TAPI: Ministry of Mines

All Plans in Place for  TAPI: Ministry of Mines

KABUL - Although work has started on the pipeline, economists have called for government to draw up solid management and monitoring programs.
The Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP) on Thursday said all necessary arrangements have been made to start work on the Turkmenistan–Afghanistan–Pakistan–India (TAPI) gas pipeline project in Afghanistan.
Plans have been made to utilize gas from the project and currently there are no problems in rolling out the project, said Abdul Qadeer Mutfi, a spokesman for the ministry of mines and petroleum.
“There are no challenges in the way of implementing this project. We have our technical teams in this respect,” said Mutfi.
Talking on the economic and strategic significance of TAPI, a number of economists suggested the Afghan government outline a long term program to implement a professional monitoring and management system.
“Government should have already determined the plan in the provinces where the gas pipeline will run. But it still has time; a 10 and 30-year program need to be outlined for this mega economic project,” said HaseebMawahid, one economic expert.
After years of waiting, work finally started on the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India pipeline project on February 24 and the project heralded a major breakthrough in Afghanistan in terms of regional connectivity.
The 1,814-kilometer gas pipeline will pass through Afghanistan to Pakistan and India. At least 816 kilometers of the pipeline will run through Afghanistan.
The pipeline passes through Herat, Farah, Nimroz, Helmand and Kandahar provinces.
TAPI will transport gas from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India via a 1,814km pipeline.
In Afghanistan, the TAPI pipeline will be constructed alongside the Kandahar–Herat Highway in western Afghanistan, and then via Quetta and Multan in Pakistan.
The pipeline will be 1,814 kilometers long and will have the capacity of transferring 33 billion cubic meters of gas from Turkmenistan to Pakistan and India through Afghanistan. (Tolo news)