(MENAFN - Pajhwok Afghan News) (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah has said the Turkmenistan---India (TAPI) gas pipeline and other similar projects would benefit the economy of all regional countries.
He asked the TAPI member countries to take sincere steps for protection and success of the multibillion project, read a statement from the CEO office.
The statement added that the 1,840km-long TAPI was one of mega projects in the region, which would supply natural gas from Turkmenistan to India passing via Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The TAPI pipeline will carry natural gas from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan to Pakistan and then India. Afghanistan will earn nearly $400 million in transit fee. The pipeline will traverse 134 kilometres area, including Greshk and Washir districts, in Helmand.
The implementation of the project would cost around $8 billion, according to some international sources. Turkmenistan already pledged to offer 85 percent expenditures to the project.
The CEO assured that the people of Afghanistan would support the project at all cost and would never allow anyone to harm the multinational project.
He added TAPI besides providing energy would also promote trade relations between South and Central Asian countries.
After years of delay, construction work on the Afghanistan section of TAPI project was launched on Friday in western Herat province in the presence of leaders from the four countries.