Arghandab Integrated Water Resources Development Investment Program (ADB-48096-001)

  • Afghanistan
Where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
Project Status
Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Dec 8, 2016
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Government of Afghanistan
The holder of the loan, grant, or other investment.
  • Agriculture and Forestry
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 0.30 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 2.90 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please see updated project documentation for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ ADB website

Updated in EWS Jun 26, 2020

Disclosed by Bank Jan 3, 2017

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Project Description

A project preparatory technical assistance (PPTA) is needed to help the government and Asian Development Bank (ADB) make an informed decision on the possible investment for the Arghandab water resources development and associated water supply and electrification investment for Kandahar city, and irrigation modernization investment in the Arghandab river basin.

The project is located in the Arghandab river sub-basin in Kandahar Province, and aims to improve the availability of water resources for urban water supply and power generation for Kandahar city, and irrigated agriculture in the basin. Availability of water in the sub-basin, as with the rest of the country, is highly seasonal and erratic, with frequent severe droughts affecting agriculture, economy and people's living standard. The project will address this water problem by enhancing the storage capacity of the existing Dahla dam reservoir by raising the dam height by 8.0 meters increasing the existing reservoir volume estimated at 314 million m3 by 264 million m3.

The TA will review the past studies, update feasibility-level design of dam raising investment to ensure the supply side sustainability, and carry out feasibility study to ensure efficient, dependable and equitable use of water resources to meet demand/user side requirements (hydropower, municipal water, and irrigation). It will also prepare feasibility-level design and cost estimates for all components and assess capacity building needs and prepare design and cost estimates for capacity building interventions.


Investment Description
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Contact Information

Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines


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