HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Land acquisition for the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-India (TAPI) pipeline project route has been formally launched in western Herat province, officials said on Thursday.
Governor Abdul Qayum Rahimi on Wednesday visited Torghandi town of Kashak district and formally inaugurated the identification of private and government land on the TAPI project route.
He said land registration for the project route was being conducted by a team of the Ministry of Urban Development and Land Authority.
A 30-member government delegation visited the area for land acquisition for TAPI project and now the process was formally started, he added.
Rahimi said there was no problem regarding the land acquisition for the project in Herat. The project route would be 100-meter wide.
Haris Akhtarzada, Herat Urban and Land Department deirector, also said that the land acquisition process for the project was speedily ongoing without facing any problems.
Lal Mohammad Omarzai, chief of Kashak Rubat Sangi district of Heart, urged people to cooperate in ensuring security for the project and urged acceleration of the land accusation.
A number of residents of areas where the pipeline will pass, welcomed the project implementation and asked the government to speed up work on it.
Naimullah, a resident of Kashak Rubat Sangi district, said, “We are happy about the work launch on this project and hope the process would face no delay.”
The Ministry of Mines and Petroleum has recently said that the route for TAPI project has been shortened.
Saihoon Kamgar, spokesman of the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum, said that choosing a shorter route for TAPI helped member countries save up to one or two billion US dollars in the project.
“Our geotechnical survey helped shorten the route for TAPI project which reduces the pipeline cost, the primary investment in the project which was $10 billion is now reduced to $8 or $9 billion,” he said.
The 1,800-km pipeline aims to export up to 33 billion cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas per year from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.