Dahla Dam

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Dahla Dam
Dahla Dam in Kandahar Province.jpg
Aeria view of Dahla Dam in June 2012
Location Kandahar Province, Afghanistan
Coordinates 31.855544, 65.892413
Opening date 1952
Dam and spillways
Impounds Arghandab River
Height 55 metres
Length 535 metres

The Dahla Dam is the largest dam in Kandahar Province, and the second largest in Afghanistan.[1][2][3][4][5][6] The dam is 34 kilometers north of Kandahar City and is operated by the Helmand and Arghandab Valley Authority.

The dam was first built between 1950 to 1952 during the reign of Zahir Shah, the last King of Afghanistan.[1][7]

The contractor for the project was Morrison-Knudsen Afghanistan Incorporated.[8]

In 2008 the dam was being rehabilitated with Canadian Forces assistance. When the project is finished it is hoped that it will double the amount of irrigated land in the Arghandab River basin.[3]

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