Why is Shahtoot dam in news recently?

  • Minister of External Affairs Shri S Jaishankar has recently announced that India will construct the Shahtoot Dam in Afghanistan.
  • The dam will be built across the Maidan river, a tributary of River Kabul in Afghanistan.
  • The planning and commissioning of the dam across the river began in 2016.
  • The dam will be instrumental in irrigation facilities to about 10,000 hectares of agricultural land.
  • The cost of the project has been estimated at 305 million USD.
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