Following the concerns of the Eurasian Development Bank regarding the construction of the Qosh Tepa Canal, the Islamic Emirate has said that no country's water rights will be taken away by the construction of the canal.
Some Kyrgyz media have reported that the chairman of the board of the Eurasian Development Bank said at the meeting of the Council of Heads of Government of the CIS countries that the problems of water scarcity in Central Asian countries will become more serious with the construction of the Qosh Tepa Canal.
According to him, the canal will be built with low standards and because of this, water will be wasted.
However, the Islamic Emirate insists on its preserving the water rights of countries.
“No country should worry about other countries being harmed by the water of Qosh Tepa; in the canal only, water will be used which is the right of Afghanistan," said Zabiullah Mujahid, spokesman of the Islamic Emirate.
“Mainly, the Qosh Tepa Canal is really changing the water regime of the region, and this is because we have not used Amu River water in about a hundred years…,” said Sayed Masoud, an economist.
Meanwhile, some economists believe that the construction of the Qosh Tepa Canal plays an important role in the economic development and agricultural growth in the country.
“This is a big economic project in the region, especially in Afghanistan, which was started during the time of Dawood Khan, and it is a big step for our self-sufficiency,” said Mohammad Nabi, an economist.
The officials of the current government had previously said at the opening ceremony of the second phase of the Qosh Tepa Canal in Balkh province that with the completion of this canal, Afghanistan will become self-sufficient in grain production.
Qosh Tepa Canal is 280 km long and 100 meters wide, and starts in the Kaldar district of Balkh province and reaches Andkhoy district of Faryab province after passing through Jawzjan province.