TEHRAN, March 10 (Mehr News Agency) -- Iranian Minister of Energy Parviz Fattah announced on Saturday that a major water conveyance project aimed at transferring the water from the Dusti Dam (Friendship Dam) to Mashhad in northeastern Iran will be implemented by next May.
Calling it a unique project, the minister said the transfer of water from the dam to Mashhad, which is currently facing a water shortage crisis, is of great importance especially for the pilgrims visiting the holy city.
The official pointed to the allocation of the required fund for the project, adding, "Based on the terms of the agreement, the project should become operational no later than March 2008."
The Dusti Dam was built under a joint venture project between Iran and Turkmenistan.
It was constructed on Harirud River, running through the joint borders between the two neighboring countries. Supplying irrigation water for some 25,000 hectares of farmlands in the region, the dam became operational last year.
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