CASA 1000 Project Set To Boost Economic Development

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An upcoming Central Asian-South Asian (CASA) project will result in 300 megawatts of electricity being transferred each year from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan through Afghanistan to Pakistan and it will act as a major economic boost for the country. The electrical line, which will be 562 km in length, will pass through Kunduz, Baghlan, Panjshir, Kapisa, Parwan, Kabul, Nangarhar, and then into Pakistan. Along with the expected $60 million in transit fees collected each year, the project will act to stimulate local employment conditions and will further integrate Afghanistan with regional economies. Construction will commence in September this year and it is expected to be completed in 2016. Afghanistan's construction costs associated with the project will be covered by the World Bank.