How does India contribute to the stability of Afghanistan and what is ...
Sep 12, 2018
How does India contribute to the stability of Afghanistan and what is the most recent example of it?
India-Afghanistan relation today, as for about two decades now, is defined by India's development and growth assistance to Afghanistan. India believes that economic empowerment will be the basis of stability of the country. More than $2b worth of assistance; Afghan-India Friendship Dam (AIFD), formerly Salma Dam, the hydroelectric and irrigation dam project located on the Hari River in Chishti Sharif District of Herat Province in western Afghanistan; Delaram- Zaranj highway that India built are prime examples. India is interested in Turkmenistan–Afghanistan–Pakistan–India Pipeline (TAPI) which further will strengthen the country.
India in 2017 September scaled up its development partnership with Afghanistan and committed to 116 new projects in 31 provinces — ranging from drinking water supply to low cost housing, roads and polyclinics.
It is called New Development Partnership .116 new High Impact Development Projects will be jointly implemented that will bring socio-economic and infrastructure development, especially in the suburban and rural communities in 31 provinces of Afghanistan.” The projects will be in the areas of education, health, agriculture, irrigation, drinking water, renewable energy, flood control, micro-hydropower, sports infrastructure and administrative infrastructure. They will include Shahtoot dam and drinking water project for Kabul that will also facilitate irrigation, low-cost housing for returning Afghan refugees in Nangarhar Province to promote resettlement, road connectivity to Band-e-Amir in Bamyan Province that would promote tourism to the National Park and economic development; water supply network for Charikar city in Parwan Province, establishment of a gypsum board manufacturing plant in Kabul to promote value added industry, and construction of a polyclinic in Mazar-e-Sharif.
India’s contributions to stability in Afghanistan essentially involve developmental assistance. Last year's air corridor; Chabahar port in Iran for connectivity are other examples. These works earned India the goodwill of Afghan people