As the work on Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project’s Afghanistan section was started in Herat province on Friday, a big number of Herat and eastern provinces residents came out to streets and celebrated the major economic project by music and dancing.
Herat residents said the project is a big step in development of the country’s economy and that they will support its implementation. The residents said they will do whatever they can to ensure the project is fully implemented.
“This big economic project is a unique project in Afghanistan's history,” Nisar Haris, head of Herat People Association said.
“This project can help in bringing security and social welfare,” Majla Hakak, a resident of Herat said.
Helicopters flying in Herat sky dropped congratulation messages to Herat residents.
The residents urged government to make sure all the projects associated with TAPI are implemented properly.
“All people are proud of this project. It is a pride for us,” Herat resident Sayed Ahmad said.
Herat police force members were on high alert ahead of the inauguration ceremony for many days.
The Herat Municipality employees meanwhile worked for three months to prepare the city for welcoming the guests.
“All Afghan people, especially residents of Herat and those provinces from which the pipeline goes through have an obligation to fully support the project,” said Ghulam Farooq Majrooh, an MP from Herat.
Dozens of residents of eastern provinces celebrated the inauguration of work on TAPI project. They came out to Jalalabad city roads and danced to the local songs beats.
The residents said they hope the project will bring more employment opportunity to the country and that it will improve Afghanistan’s economy.
“We announce our supports to this project and will try to make this project successful. We urge government to implement other projects here too. Our message to the world is that we as a nation want peace, not war,” Hedayatullah Zahir, head of Watanpal Civil Society Organization in Nangarhar, said.
“From one hand this project will create jobs for the people and from thr other hand, it will directly improve people's lives,” Mohammad Hanif Gardiwal, a tribal elder from the province, said.
The launch of the work on the TAPI project was welcomed across the country.
The country’s media outlets were reporting the event since Friday morning and many of them had special talk shows on the event.
Afghans from inside and outside Afghanistan celebrated this move on social media. They shared posts in support of the TAPI project.