Construction of Afghan section of TAPI to start this week

High-ranking officials will gather on Friday in Herat for a ceremony to mark the launch of work in Afghanistan on the pipeline.

Local officials on Tuesday said all necessary steps have been taken to start construction work on the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline in Herat province.

High level officials from the four countries are expected to attend a ground-breaking ceremony in Herat on Friday to launch the first phase of the construction process.
Local residents have said that the eventual implementation of the multi-million dollar project will help the country boost its economic growth and prosperity.

Meanwhile, residents and a number of scholars called on the Taliban not to attempt to sabotage the project. They said TAPI is a national asset.

“TAPI helps us to move forward towards a new beginning in Afghanistan,” said one resident in Herat Behroz Majidi.

“Today we see that the people express their support for the project,” another resident Ali said.

According to experts the successful implementation of TAPI in Afghanistan will be followed by three more mega projects in the war-ravaged country.

TAPI will however, transport gas from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India via a 1,814km pipeline.

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